Questions relating to the use of the common pointing device.

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Is a Long mouse click a valid and usable interaction pattern on a PC environment?

In a PC environment I have a virtual keypad interface for phone dialing purposes. I need both a clear character function and a clear field function. Is it OK to append both functions to a single ...
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Should the middle mouse button close tabs?

Most modern web browsers now close tabs when the middle mouse button is clicked on them, is this an expected behavior for other applications where tabs cans can be opened, closed and changed whilst ...
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Conventional keyboard modifier for expanding/collapsing hierarchical tree view

I have a large tree view where users will often want to fully expand or collapse a particular tree. I'm providing a context menu with both of these choices, but I'd also like to allow the user to hold ...
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Mouse-wheel scroll interaction for navigating through pages

The application is a windows8 desktop app (runs in fullscreen resolution, always). The app is a comic viewer. Each page is a scanned image, the height is variable, but it almost always overflows the ...
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Why do Mac's only have one mouse button?

Why do Apple Macintosh's only have one mouse button? It seems useful to have at least a second one for options that aren't regularly used.
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Is there any emerging “standard” for the direction a screen scrolls when a trackpad “scroll” gesture moves downwards?

I mean this as a concrete question about what configuration is becoming standard, not a place for opinions about which feels better. The question is about what direction the screen scrolls, up or ...
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Why is the hand symbol used for the hand-cursor?

The question Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight? brought up this related question. Why is the hand symbol used instead of any other symbol, say a spade, for the purpose of a ...
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Smoothly transitioning from mouse drag to text entry

I have an application I'm working on where a portion of the interface is very mouse-centric. You drag the mouse to create/manipulate regions, then assign properties to those regions. Below is an ...
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Are actions within buttons easy to use?

There are examples on the web with actions within a clickable area. Does this create an issue with users mistakenly clicking a delete or close button vs the actual area? Examples:
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Is double-click necessary anymore? [closed]

Double-click can pose multiple problems... you can move the mouse too much between the 2 clicks and it won't register as a double-click... or worse, it will be interpreted as a "drag"... same problem ...