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Using the mouse

The mouse can be used for a lot more than just clicking links, including powerful mouse gestures and flexible drag-and-drop operations.

Note: Many of the mouse actions described below may be more practical with the use of a two-button mouse. This allows the user to right-click instead of having to hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on a single-button mouse. In cases where a two-button mouse is required, right and left clicks will be specified.

Basic mouse usage

Single-click to activate buttons, follow links on webpages, open items in panels, and so forth.

Press while clicking to open a link or bookmark in a new tab. If you also press Shift, the new tab will open in the background instead of popping up on top of your current tab.

Most of Opera's browser elements as well as webpage elements have their own context menus containing multiple options. To display the context menu, hold Ctrl and click.

Context menu activation

The context menu for selected text can be accessed by clicking repeatedly on the word or expression you want to select.

The menu contains options like dictionary and encyclopedia searches. If a web address (URL) is not marked up as a link, double-click it and select "Go to URL" from the context menu.

The context menu is also available when you Ctrl-click any selected text.

Mouse gestures

Mouse gestures is a really useful way to move the mouse and click buttons to perform common actions. When mouse gestures are enabled, a visual guide displays when you hold the right mouse button down and move the mouse to show you the available gestures. See more in the Mouse gestures topic.

Drag and drop

Dragging and dropping items can speed up your browsing and facilitate customization of the browser.

"Pick up" the desired item by clicking on it and holding the mouse button, then moving it to the desired location and dropping it. To drag and drop links, make sure to drag them directly up or down at first to initiate dragging.

Items you can drag

Dragged items can be dropped on toolbars and panels, and they can also be dragged to your computer desktop. Examples of uses:

The best way to learn more about dragging and dropping is to play around and discover all the possibilities.

Changing the mouse setup

If you wish to change the default mouse setup:

  1. Go to Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts.
  2. Select the configuration you wish to change, and click "Edit".
  3. Find the operation you wish to edit by typing in the "Quick find" field or clicking the list.
  4. Click "Edit" and enter a sequence of mouse movements to associate with the event.

The "Middle click options" dialog lets you choose what Opera should do when you click the middle button or scroll wheel on your mouse. The default action is to open the clicked link in a background tab.

You can also download mouse setups.

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