Is there a way of switching tabs in Chrome or Firefox by scrolling the mouse-wheel while keeping the right mouse-button pressed?

In Chrome or Firefox (with tab-wheel-scroll extension) you can switch tabs by scrolling the wheel while hovering the pointer over the tab-bar.

The Opera function is much more comfortable, since you don't have to aim at the tab-bar in order to switch.

I have already tried assigning tab-switching keyboard shortcuts to the mouse-button in combination with the mouse-wheel, but it did not work at all. It seems to me that mouse-events cannot be combined in xbindkeys. Furthermore, assigning anything to the right mouse-button in xbindkeys disabled the standard functions of the button completely.

Thanks in advance, bye YSN

  • I've also greatly missed Opera's mouse gestures now that I primarily use Chrome. There are a few extensions for some of the functionality, but they tend to not work as well or don't do everything. :(
    – Roger Pate
    Oct 29, 2010 at 5:28

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Use FireGestures extension. What you want is in "Advanced >> Wheel Gestures". It does exactly that. There is no need to point the mouse over the tabs.

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    Great solution for firefox, thanks! I'm afraid, an extension will not be able to handle that task in chrome flawlessly, since extensions are disabled for the main tab there. Maybe a global keybinding solution could work.
    – YSN
    Oct 29, 2010 at 3:02

In Chrome I use Smooth Gestures. https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/lfkgmnnajiljnolcgolmmgnecgldgeld You can simply create gestures as you want I really like it.
For tab browsing in Chrome I use Quick Tab https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/bdeifmcaonlafkglbdpbbhkeecjnkipo?hl=en It is not like the ctrl+tab function in Opera but it much more comfortable than the built in one But give a try to Opera 11 ;)


You can switch tabs in Chrome by scrolling the mouse wheel while keeping the mouse arrow over the tabs line. This is a default behavior not an extension

  • The OP does already mention that.
    – Mussnoon
    Oct 29, 2010 at 8:49
  • is mentioning using an extension. I get this behavior without extensions. Oct 29, 2010 at 8:51

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