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, 23 Sep 2013 CPOL
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Computer mouse triple-click is a convenient feature

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Computer mouse single and double-clicks are widely used in software applications. Less known is the mouse triple-click option, which could increase the convenience and overall productivity of computer operations.

Triple-click in Web Browsers

Mouse triple-click feature is implemented in all major web browsers,: Microsoft Internet Explorer IE7+, Mozilla Firefox 3.6+,Google Chrome (any version) and Apple Safari 2.0+. You could try this mouse triple-click technique right now, while reading the paragraph and see the result. Triple-click at any place within the paragraph to get it selected.

The tricky part is to select the textual fragment containing the hyperlinks on the web page; in this case, do the triple-click while pointing the cursor slightly to the right of the hyperlink "hot spot" in order to avoid the page redirection to the target URL. You can practice on the hyperlinks listed below.

Triple-click in other apps 

Mouse triple-click feature is also implemented in many popular text editing software apps, like, for example, Microsoft Word (wider set of options is available in Microsoft Word, including the combination of mouse-click with Ctrl button).  More reading on this topic available at:

Computer mouse triple-click is a convenient feature[^]. 

And on practical selection of COTS wireless mice based on value/price ratio: 

Watch Your Mouse! - 2013 edition


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Comments and Discussions

GeneralUseful PinprofessionalManoj Ningwani14-Nov-13 7:19 
GeneralRe: Useful PinprofessionalDrABELL14-Nov-13 10:33 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinprofessionalBrian A Stephens27-Sep-13 4:26 
GeneralRe: My vote of 5 PinprofessionalDrABELL27-Sep-13 4:32 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinprofessionalAmol_B23-Sep-13 21:38 
GeneralRe: My vote of 5 PinprofessionalDrABELL27-Sep-13 4:32 
GeneralWait, what? Pinmemberkaschimer23-Sep-13 11:07 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberPranit Kothari12-Jul-12 22:51 
GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberAbinash Bishoyi2-May-12 21:32 
GeneralRe: My vote of 5 PinmemberDrABELL3-May-12 6:54 
Generalreally it good we never think like that!!!!!! Pinmemberchetan virkar28-Feb-12 18:02 
GeneralRe: Thank you! PinmemberDrABELL28-Feb-12 19:20 
GeneralI usually use it for URL selection from URL bar, i wont coun... Pinmemberraju dasa25-Dec-11 6:42 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Cool PinmemberAshley Davis19-Dec-11 19:41 
GeneralRe: Many Thanks! :) PinmemberDrABELL19-Dec-11 19:49 
GeneralGood one! thanks!! Pinmembernico14419-Sep-11 6:25 
Good one! thanks!!
GeneralRe: You are very welcome! PinmemberDrABELL19-Sep-11 11:26 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Nice Tip Pinmemberrajeevtechnical19-Sep-11 2:22 
GeneralRe: Thanks! PinmemberDrABELL19-Sep-11 3:13 
GeneralReason for my vote of 4 I have been using this for a log tim... Pinmemberqadirv18-Sep-11 20:27 
GeneralRe: Well, you can call it in different ways, but the "triple-cli... PinmemberDrABELL19-Sep-11 3:18 
GeneralI'm sorry. Thanks for noticing me about that . Pinmemberchong_yan16-Sep-11 23:32 
GeneralRe: You are welcome! PinmemberDrABELL19-Sep-11 3:15 
GeneralWow, I didn't know that! Have a 5. PinsubeditorWalt Fair, Jr.7-Sep-11 13:38 
GeneralRe: Thanks, Walt! PinmemberDrABELL7-Sep-11 14:17 
GeneralWhat works best is to use Safari v5+ for reading an article ... PinmemberGary Noter10-Jun-11 14:14 
GeneralRe: Hi Gary, Very interesting technique, thanks for sharing! My ... PinmemberDrABELL10-Jun-11 17:55 
GeneralIf Triple clicking seems cumbersome you can double click and... PinmemberBillHudson31-May-11 8:50 
GeneralRe: Hi Bill, Thanks for posting. Just for the clarity purpose: d... PinmemberDrABELL31-May-11 15:42 
Generalcoll.my5 PinmemberMonjurul Habib29-May-11 7:49 
GeneralRe: Many Thanks, Monjurul! PinmemberDrABELL29-May-11 8:05 
GeneralMy vote of 5 its cool tips :) PinmvpRaviRanjankr17-May-11 10:51 
GeneralRe: Thanks, Ravi! :) PinmemberDrABELL17-May-11 18:21 
GeneralMany thanks Deeksha for your time and efforts! Best regards,... PinmemberDrABELL30-Apr-11 4:33 
GeneralI've been using the mouse for quite some time and I didn't k... Pinmembercandice_Blav27-Apr-11 17:19 
GeneralRe: Yeah, this quite useful feature has been heavily overlooked!... PinmemberDrABELL30-Apr-11 4:32 
GeneralReason for my vote of 4 Old one, but thanks for sharing. PinmemberThat's Aragon5-Mar-11 2:18 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 cool... PinmemberSkGyan4-Mar-11 6:29 
GeneralRe: Thanks! :) PinmemberDrABELL4-Mar-11 8:48 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Impressive....... PinmemberPravin Patil, Mumbai25-Feb-11 3:54 
GeneralRe: Thanks! PinmemberDrABELL25-Feb-11 4:16 
GeneralRe: cool! PinmemberManish Sharma 200727-Apr-11 8:12 
QuestionWrong description or different behavior with Firefox? PinmemberBernhard Hiller9-Feb-11 4:59 
AnswerRe: Wrong description or different behavior with Firefox? PinmemberDrABELL16-Feb-11 3:32 

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