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Watch Your Mouse! Triple-click Saves Time & Labor

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Computer mouse triple-click is a convenient feature


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: triple-click at any place within the paragraph to get it selected.

A bit more tricky part is to select the paragraph 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 this sample hyperlink.

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 [1]).

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Please be aware, that continuous repetitive mouse operations could cause muscle fatigue, wrist pain and even certain medical conditions, such as tunnel carpal syndrome. To reduce the risk of such complications, use the ergonomically-designed keyboard/mouse and try to limit daily computer operations to the safe level. For better user experience, adjust the mouse double-click event responsiveness up to your maximum convenience. Also, consider alternative (or complementary) solution of using voice input (i.e., speech recognition) in a command/dictation mode.

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Dr. Alexander Bell is a seasoned full-stack Software Engineer (Win/Web/Mobile). He holds PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, authored 37 inventions and published 300+ technical articles. Currently focused on multiple Android/Mobile development projects and Big Data' Machine Learning, AI, IoT. Alex participated in App Innovation Contests (AIC 2102/2013) with multiple winning submissions. Sample portfolio apps and publications:

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GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
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GeneralUseful Pin
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Generalreally it good we never think like that!!!!!! Pin
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GeneralRe: Thank you! Pin
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GeneralI usually use it for URL selection from URL bar, i wont coun... Pin
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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Cool Pin
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GeneralRe: Many Thanks! :) Pin
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GeneralGood one! thanks!! Pin
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GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Nice Tip Pin
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GeneralRe: Thanks! Pin
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GeneralReason for my vote of 4 I have been using this for a log tim... Pin
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GeneralRe: Well, you can call it in different ways, but the "triple-cli... Pin
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GeneralI'm sorry. Thanks for noticing me about that . Pin
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