Use mouse gestures to save time with StrokesPlus

Run programs and perform other tasks with just a flick of the wrist with this useful program.

Mouse gestures are one of the simplest -- and, we'd venture to say, most clever -- ways to save time on the computer. With a flick of the wrist you can launch or close a program, adjust your volume, undo your last action, or perform any number of other tasks. StrokesPlus is an easy-to-use program that provides users with a variety of predefined mouse gesture actions, as well as the capability to create others. We think it's a great way to save time and mouse strokes on commonly performed tasks.

StrokesPlus appears as an icon in the system tray, and right-clicking it brings up a menu that gives users access to the program's major functions. Users can choose to employ the right, center, or left mouse button, X1 or X2, or the Control or Alt button. Then it's just a matter of learning the gestures you want to use. StrokesPlus comes with plenty of common actions already configured; a straight line drawn from the bottom up will copy text, while a curlicue will cut it. A diagonal line drawn from the upper right to the lower left will minimize a window, while a circle will run the notepad application. By default the program displays your stroke as you make it, but this can be disabled for advanced users who have plenty of practice with making the gestures consistently. The training mode lets StrokesPlus learn the particular way that you draw gestures, improving its capability to recognize your requests. Overall, we were quite impressed with the features and options for customization that StrokesPlus employs, and we recommend it.

StrokesPlus installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly.

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