Clicking the mouse wheel

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Does your mouse also have a wheel? Normally people turn to it. But many mice can also click with it. This has a useful function in new Internet programs.

The mouse wheel is also known as the ‘middle mouse button’. It is in between the left and right mouse buttons. Usually people use the wheel to scroll or to zoom in and out. But the wheel also has another useful function.

If you click on a link with the mouse wheel while browsing the internet in Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Internet Explorer, the link will open in a new tab by default. The website you were on will also remain open. Many people find that useful, because clicking and closing tabs is easier than navigating back and forth all the time.

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