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GentleMouse

By Gentle Computing Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

This effective program aids in the fight against Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) by letting you customize autoclicks of links and buttons, though we encountered a system slowdown while running it.

Simply hover your mouse on any link or button and a tiny window will appear in Gentle Mouse's functional interface. From there, you can choose which click you would like your mouse to perform, such as left, right or double-click. GentleMouse allows the user to customize a variety of features, such as the arrangement and appearance of the trigger and release windows, the reaction time, pixel size, and the commands of all the windows. It was easy to configure commands, but not all were available with the short 15-day trial version.

GentleMouse certainly eases repetitive actions, but our test PCs performed sluggishly while using it. Although anyone can use this simple but effective autoclick program, the trade-off in speed may not suit everyone.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2

General

Release November 7, 2008
Date Added October 23, 2006
Version 2

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
Additional Requirements Windows 2000/XP

Popularity

Total Downloads 9,331
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

GentleMouse is a patent-pending software that eliminates clicking. If you are suffering from Repetitive Strain Injury, arthritis or unable to click the mouse or you want to avoid developing clicking-related injuries, GentleMouse can help.Whenever you move and pause the mouse cursor, GentleMouse briefly displays a small, transparent window called a Trigger Window close to the cursor. If you want to click where you stopped, you simply move and stop the cursor over the Trigger Window and GentleMouse simulates the click for you. There are secondary Trigger Windows that become visible when you move through the first Trigger Window corresponding to right-click, double-click, and middle-click, as well as common keyboard shortcuts, such as copy & paste. GentleMouse works with any standard or ergonomic mouse, as well as alternative input devices such as trackballs & head-tracking devices. With GentleMouse, if you can move your cursor, you can click.

Version 2 adds Trigger Window Border, Alternative View Window, Visual Click Indicator, and Cursor Placeholder options.