While working on Windows there are several ways by which you can increase your productivity, like using keyboard shortcuts, having dual monitor setup for more screen real estate or using autohotkey scripts to automate the repetitive tasks. Using mouse gestures is yet another way by which you can increase your productivity, though may not be as fast as keyboard shortcuts.
Mouse gestures has been around here for quite some time now, however Windows still doesn’t support mouse gestures out of the box like Mac OS X Lion coupled with Apple’s trackpad or mighty mouse to quickly perform gestures. But that doesn’t mean you cannot have mouse gestures on Windows. Thanks to StrokesPlus free desktop app, not only you can have predefined gestures but also create your own new gestures and quickly automate and perform different actions.
StrokesPlus is a mouse gesture recognition program that allows you to automate repetitive tasks by simply drawing a gesture with your mouse or performing mouse and/or keyboard modifiers to fire off an action sequence. StrokesPlus not only supports your traditional three button mouse but also keyboard keys such as control, alt key.
After you download and install StrokesPlus, you can access different options from StrokesPlus system tray icon. Right click on StrokesPlus icon and quickly enable/ disable features or open preferences menu to access advance and experimental options.
Using training mode you can train StrokesPlus to recognize your gestures, it is also helpful when you want to add your own gestures and want to test it how it’s working. While adding new gestures action you can either use existing set of gestures or create new gesture by drawing pattern on small window provided by StrokesPlus.
There may be circumstances like playing games where there is high probability that you might accidentally hit mouse gestures, in order to prevent that from happening; you can add those applications to Ignored Windows list, there by disabling mouse gestures specific to those applications.
For nerds and geeks, StrokesPlus uses Lua scripts and if you have programming skills then you may create your own custom & complex scripts to take Mouse gestures to next level.