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Send right mouse click via the keyboard in Firefox Web Browsers
As a keyboard junkie, I'm always looking for new ways to perform mouse-like operations using the keyboard. Today, I discovered that in Firefox, Control-Space simulates a right mouse click wherever the current focus is. This doesn't seem to work in Safari.

[robg adds: It won't work in Camino, either, but it definitely works in Firefox 1.5. Nice trick.]
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Send right mouse click via the keyboard in Firefox
Authored by: conigs on Oct 06, '06 07:36:27AM

Alas, ctrl+SPACE is already reserved for Quicksilver. The muscle memory is too deeply ingrained for me to change it now.
But I have the Sidetrack driver on my laptop, so a simple tap in the upper right corner of my track pad delivers the same ctrl+click goodness.



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Send right mouse click via the keyboard in Firefox
Authored by: algal on Oct 09, '06 03:04:42AM
This hint is truly wonderful. This breaks the last link of the chain tethering me to the mouse and trackpad.

But when I see all these comments on CTRL-space being already in use, they make me weep. My friends, this is not a matter of taste and opinion. There is One true Way to assign the precious spacebar-based keyboard shortcuts.

What is it? Hear me, hear me:

  • CTRL-Space -- unmapped, so it can be used by Firefox and the Emacsen, as God intended
  • ALT-Space -- quicksilver, the singlest most used keystroke when not doing heavy emacs work.
  • CMD-space -- dump spotlight and remap to "Move focus to menu bar", a much more useful command, since it makes every app keyboardable via its dropdown menus.
  • ALT-CMD-SPACE -- remap this to "Show spotlight search field", for when you do need it.

    (Use the Keyboard & Mouse Preferences Pane's "Keyboard Shortcuts" tab for the last two remappings. )

    Try this, and the heavens will smile all on you.

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  • Send right mouse click via the keyboard in Firefox
    Authored by: conigs on Oct 12, '06 09:46:10AM

    Most of my broswing is done on a laptop, so me simply moving my thumb to tap the track pad is very easy. If I primarily browsed on a desktop, I would definitely sure more keyboard shortcuts.
    I'm not quite sure why my prefered choice of ctrl+space for quicksilver makes you weep, though the rest of the suggestions you have do indeed look nice.



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    Send right mouse click via the keyboard in Firefox
    Authored by: @man on Oct 07, '06 01:13:34PM

    i have the same quicksilver issue, but i'm sure there's a config line for it. i can't seem to find it, though. anybody know?



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    Send right mouse click via the keyboard in Firefox
    Authored by: osxpounder on Oct 07, '06 02:10:01PM

    Sadly, the same keystroke is used by Butler, and my habit is already ingrained, so if there's a way to change Firefox's keystroke for this, I'd love to know of it. I hate tapping on the trackpad of my MBP; my fingers get numb and sore from it quickly.



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