Firefox/Chrome: If you love using your keyboard and shun your mouse you’ll definitely want to try gleeBox, an awesome add-on that lets you effortlessly browse the web without your mouse. Check out the video inside to see it in action.
Click on the picture above for a closer look.
Browsing the web without a mouse isn’t easy. Without any add-ons at all you’re stuck furiously punching the tab key to move through all the available links on the page. Other add-ons help you to navigate without your mouse but often not very intuitively.
Gleebox offers a highly customisable and intuitive way to navigate web pages via keyboard. At its most basic gleeBox allows you to hit the G key, and every link on the page is highlighted and you can navigate to it by typing part or all of the link name into gleeBox. Check out the videos below to see it in action.
After you’ve watched the intro video above to get a feel for how gleeBox works, this video showcases the newest features and customisations:
GleeBox is so neat we of course had to try it out immediately on Lifehacker and then make a custom script to browse Lifehacker with ease. The following screenshot shows the options menu of gleeBox with the entry you’ll want to make to enable “ESP mode” on Lifehacker. ESP mode allows you to narrow the range of links on a page so that only the important links are selected.
For your cut and paste convenience this is the value from the screenshot above:
div.content>h1:not(div.menubar-bg). That entry will highlight all the articles in the main column on Lifehacker, but will not highlight the main title bar or top stories. If you don’t mind the big Lifehacker logo being highlighted in exchanged for the top stories being highlighted too, you can trim the entry down to just div.content>h1 to highlight all stories.
Definitely check out the manual for more gleeBox tips and tricks, and before you slog through creating a new ESP mode entry for a favourite website make sure to check out the gleeBox TipJar where users submit new commands and ESP modes they’ve created.
GleeBox is available as an extension for Firefox and Google Chrome.
Have a tip or trick for mouseless computer use, web brower-related or otherwise? Let’s hear about it in the comments. Thanks JBu92!
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