Even though any ordinary mouse with three buttons (left, right and the middle button) is more than enough for making your way through any Windows PC, you can get so much more from the same mouse using the free StrokesPlus software. This software allows you to create custom mouse gestures and assign custom actions to these newly created gestures. Each gesture can be modified by a number of factors like the mouse button used, keyboard key pressed and the button states etc. This way you can create virtually infinite number of mouse gestures and assign multiple actions to them catering to your personal requirements.
StrokesPlus comes with dozens of ready made mouse gestures which could be useful for every PC user. It places an icon in the Windows notification area from where you can access various settings, toggle the mouse gestures and more.
In order to create a new action, you can open the StrokesPlus Preferences window and switch to the Actions tab. In this section, you can see all the already created actions, gestures assigned to them and their state (whether these actions are enabled or disabled). For creating new actions, click on the Add Action button.
It will ask you for a name of the new action. You can type in any name you want. But choosing a name descriptive of the action would be a better choice. For example, if I am creating a gesture to launch TrishTech.com website in Firefox, then perhaps I would choose “Launch TrishTech.com” as the action name.
Once the action is created, you have to do two more things – assign a mouse gesture to it and add some script code to the action. For assigning a mouse gesture, select the new action and click on New button under the Gesture section. Then press the mouse button (by default the right mouse button is used for gestures) and draw the desired gesture on your screen.
You have to give a name to newly created mouse gesture. As for the action name, you will find it easier later on if you choose a descriptive name instead of any random name. For my action, I have added “TrishTech Launcher” as the new gesture name.
For adding script code to your new action, select the new action from the list and type in the code in the Lua Script section. If you do not know how to write instructions in Lua Script, then you can find some help on the StrokesPlus website. After adding the code, you can click on the Apply button to save your settings.
Now you can test the newly added mouse gesture to see if it works. Just press the right mouse button (or any other button if you have configured StrokesPlus to use them) and draw the gesture anywhere on your screen. It will immediately run the associated action.
Conclusion: StrokesPlus is a very easy and at the same time very comprehensive mouse gestures software for Windows. By creating custom mouse gestures, you can get the most out of your basic computer mouse through the StrokesPlus software.
You can download StrokesPlus from http://www.strokesplus.com/.