Tap here to go to the mobile version of the site.
Your Firefox is out of date and may contain a security risk! Upgrade Firefox

Support Forum

How do I change mouse button behavior in firefox to make new mouse shortcuts?



For some time now I've wondered if it is possible to easily change the default behavior of mouse buttons in Firefox. What I'd like to do is define a new mouse button combination which replicates the function of an already-defined keyboard shortcut. In particular, currently, when one holds down the shift key while left-clicking the mouse while over a link, that link is opened in a new window. What I'd like to do is to have exactly the same behavior occur when I click and hold the left mouse button while pressing and releasing the right mouse button. This then makes opening a link in a new window a menu-less, one-handed operation.

Anyone have any ideas how this might be done? Thanks!

Post a Reply

Additional System Details

Installed Plug-ins

  • Shockwave Flash 11.9 r900
  • VLC media player Web Plugin 2.1.0
  • 5.1.20913.0
  • Adobe PDF Plug-In For Firefox and Netscape 10.1.8
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) plug-in for Mozilla browsers
  • DRM Netscape Network Object
  • Npdsplay dll
  • DRM Store Netscape Plugin


  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:26.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/26.0

More Information

gnittala 28 solutions 307 answers


Does this addon - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/mousecontrol/ meet your requirement? Also, you can check the list of mouse shortcuts here Use mouse shortcuts to perform common tasks in Firefox

Hope this helps.

Was this helpful to you?
  • Top 10 Contributor
  • Moderator
10756 solutions 96800 answers

Helpful Reply

See also:

Modified by cor-el

Was this helpful to you? 1

Question owner

Gnittala and cor-el,

Thank you both for your replies. In fact, FireGestures does EXACTLY what I need. Unfortunately, it seems there *might* be some intended behavior which comes along with the desired functionality. I've contacted the developer and am waiting for a response. In the mean time, thanks again for pointing those out. I'll mark this "solved" once I get in touch with the developer...

Was this helpful to you?
Ask a question

You must log in to your account to reply to posts. Please start a new question, if you do not have an account yet.