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User Guide

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Using the mouse

Middle mouse button

By default, you must click the middle mouse button to display the Pie Menu (unless you are a Mac user).

Selection or stroke

There are two ways of triggering actions with eG: by selection or by strokes. Novice users can proceed by selection and advanced users will make strokes. Strokes are the fastest way to use the pie menu: you hold down the mouse button, drag over the action to select, and release the button (think of it as a mouse gesture with a GUI):

  • Selection
    1. Middle click to open pie menu
    2. Move the mouse pointer over an action
    3. Click on the action
  • Stroke
    1. Press down the mouse button and don't release it.
    2. Drag the mouse pointer over an action
    3. Release the mouse button
Primary or alternative

easyGestures pie menu can display three different sets of actions: one called primary and the two other called alternatives. You can switch from one to another by right clicking. This way, the number of available actions is tripled without changing the pie size.

Contextual pie menu

You can make easyGestures context sensitive. This means that the actions available within the pie menu will depend on the object you clicked on (link, image, selection...). That's the same behavior as the right click pop up menu. By default, eG is not context sensitive and you have to press <ctrl> key (default setting) to force the display of the contextual menu when clicking on a special object. If you want to change this behavior go to Options> Behavior> Page 1 and check 'Display contextual menu automatically'.

Clicking on links

A pie menu click on a link without dragging will open the link in a new tab and display a red tag on the page after the link.


A mouse down through pie menu without dragging will activate autoscrolling after a short delay.

Suppressing priority

If you change the default behavior of eG so that a right mouse button click displays the pie menu, standard contextual menu (right click popup menu) will never show up. However, by holding <Insert> key (default setting), you can suppress the pie menu and have again access to the standard contextual menu.

Special actions

These actions can be customized. Go to Options > Customizations.

Search a word

You can search a word with the defined search engines by first selecting the word and then performing the 'Search Web' action. You can also type a word to be searched. The default search engine is Google. 6 search engines can be defined.

  1. Press down the mouse button and don't release it
  2. Drag the mouse pointer over the "Web Search" action
  3. Release the mouse button
  4. Type the word to search
  5. Press <Enter> on keyboard (or <Shift> + <Enter> to open the URL in a new tab)

Highlight a word in a page

You can highlight a word or more in a whole page by first selecting the word and then performing the 'Highlight/Clear' action. The same action will clear all highlights if no word is selected. You can also type a word to be highlighted.
Each word highlighted is marked with an occurence number. Last highlighted word in the page is marked with a n/n number which indicates the total number of occurences too. This can be switched off in Options> Customizations> Page 4.

  1. Select the word to highlight in the page
  2. Press down the mouse button and don't release it
  3. Drag the mouse pointer over the "Highlight/Clear" action
  4. Release the mouse button
Enter an URL

You can type an URL right in the middle of the pie menu by pressing <Enter> while the pie menu is displayed. Bookmarks custom keywords are also supported. This action saves you form reaching the location bar at the top of the window.

  1. Middle click to open pie menu
  2. Press <Enter> on keyboard
  3. Type the new URL
  4. Press <Enter> on keyboard
Daily readings

When you perform this action, all the bookmarks of the Bookmarks Toolbar folder named *easyGestures* are loaded. You can place in this special folder all the bookmarks of the pages you are visiting daily. Clicking on "Daily Readings" action for the first time will display a message informing you that the special folder *easyGestures* has been created in the bookmarks toolbar folder.

Load URL/Script

There are 20 actions of this type. They can be used in two ways:

  • like bookmarks displayed as actions inside the pie menu.
  • as actions executing custom javascript code which gives you the freedom of creating new actions in addition to the built-in ones.
Run Program File

There are 10 actions of this type. They give you the possibility to run external applications (not only Firefox commands). Go to Options> Customizations> Page 2 and configure them by browsing for the executable files.


Options concern the way the pie menu is displayed using the mouse and the keyboard, the layout of actions inside the pie menu, the actions and many other properties. This is done through the exention's Options Dialog.

Keep performing actions without displaying pie menu
This is not how easyGestures is supposed to be used but you can do it by configuring the pie menu this way:
  • Pie Menu Opacity: 0%
  • Basic display (don't display icons): checked
  • Activate tooltips: unchecked