Four tips on getting the most out of your scroll wheel

Most of you who have a computer mouse probably use the scroll wheel to go up and down long web pages such as this one. It’s a godsend to the world of technology, but even so, it is oft neglected. You can show your scroll wheel how much you appreciate it in three easy ways:

1. Use it to open a new tab

The obvious way to open a new tab would be to click that + sign, but did you know you can open a new tab simply by middle-clicking on the empty space to the right of the “+”? It’s amazing, try it out! And yes, it works on browsers other than Firefox.

2. Use it to close a tab

Similarly to #1, middle-clicking on a tab will close it. No more mousing over a tab and trying to find the X.

3. Open links in a new tab

Mouse over a link, and middle-click on it. It will open in a new tab. No more right click -> Open in new tab!

And last but not least…

4. Open a new window

(For Windows users only)

Normally, you would open a new application window by left-clicking or doing right-click -> Open New Window. The middle mouse button replaces the latter. Middle-click on an application icon, and it will open a new window.

Taking time to appreciate the scroll wheel will increase your happiness and decrease your stress. Now that you know what it can do for you, use it to its full potential!