Maxthon Browser Keyboard Shortcuts and Mouse Gestures

maxthon keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures
Getty Images (Dimitri Otis #111033476)

This article is only intended for users running Maxthon Cloud Browser on LinuxMac OS XmacOS Sierra, or Windows operating systems.

In today's fast-paced world, shortcuts can be a most welcome addition to our lives. Whether it be a quicker route to the office or an easier way to prepare dinner, anything that saves us time and effort is usually considered to be a positive. The same can be said for surfing the Web, where the time it takes to perform common actions such as opening a new tab or refreshing the current Web page can be abbreviated with the help of keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures.

Maxthon Cloud Browser offers an integrated set of gestures and shortcuts, as well as the ability to both create your own and customize those already present in the browser. Learning how to use these timesavers will make you a more efficient Maxthon user, resulting in a better browsing experience. This tutorial details the ins and outs of Maxthon's keyboard shortcuts and mouse gestures, allowing you to control the browser in ways you never thought possible.

Maxthon comes prepackaged with several dozen integrated keyboard shortcuts, ranging in function from loading your home page to the all-important boss key which instantly hides the browser from view.

Editing Keyboard Shortcuts

Some of Maxthon's integrated keyboard shortcuts are editable, while others are locked from change. The ability to create your own shortcut keys is also provided, assigning the combinations of your choice to preset browser actions.

To access the Shortcut Keys interface, first click on Maxthon's Menu button; represented by three broken lines and located in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window. When the drop-down menu appears, select Settings.

Maxthon's Settings interface should now be displayed in a new tab. Click on Shortcut keys, found in the left menu pane.

Maxthon's Shortcut Keys options should now be displayed. The first section at the top, labeled Boss Key, allows you to enable or disable this handy shortcut as well as modify the key combination associated with it.

The Boss Key is exactly what its moniker implies it to be, a shortcut that quickly hides all open Maxthon windows as well as their taskbar counterparts from any unexpected visitors. Enabled by default, this nifty combo can be rendered inactive by removing the check mark found next to the Enable Boss Key option.

The original shortcut keys assigned to this feature are CTRL/COMMAND + GRAVE ACCENT (`). If you wish to change this setting to a combination more to your liking, simply click on the accompanying button and press the key or keys that you wish to assign to the Boss Key command. This combination should now be displayed in the aforementioned dialog. Once you are satisfied with the key(s) selected, click on the OK button to apply the change and return to Maxthon's Shortcut Keys screen.

Each existing keyboard shortcut is displayed in a two-column table. The first column, labeled Command, contains the action tied to its respective shortcut. The second column, labeled Shortcut, contains one or more key combinations associated with this action.

It is possible to have more than one keyboard shortcut tied to a particular command. It is also possible to have a shortcut that is actually not a combination, but rather a single key.

To modify an existing shortcut, first, left-click on the key or combination itself. A small dialog box will appear containing the name of the current command along with its associated shortcut key(s). To change this value, first, press the key or keys that you desire. At this point your new key combination should be visible within the dialog, replacing the old setting. Once satisfied with your change, click on the OK button.

You should now be returned to the Shortcut Keys page with your new shortcut visible.

Please note that not all shortcut keys are editable. Those that cannot be modified are accompanied by a lock icon.

Deleting Keyboard Shortcuts

To delete an existing shortcut key combination, first, hover over it within the Shortcut column. Next, click on the 'X' that appears in the upper right-hand corner of the box. A confirmation message will now appear, asking the following: Do you want to remove the selected set? To continue with the deletion process, click on the OKbutton. If you do not wish to continue, click on Cancel.

Creating New Shortcuts

Maxthon provides the ability to create new shortcut key combinations, tying them to one of the dozens of browser commands. As you have learned above, several actions such as refreshing the current page or deleting your browsing history already have keyboard shortcuts associated with them. However, you can still create your own shortcut keys for these browser commands while leaving the existing ones intact.

There are also a number of commands without shortcut keys associated with them. In these cases, Maxthon provides the ability to assign your own key combinations to each respective browser action.

Whether creating a new combination for a shortcut-less command or customizing an alternative shortcut key, the process is similar. First, locate the command in question. Next, in the Shortcut column, click on the gray and white plus symbol.

A small dialog box should now be overlaying your main browser window.

To create your new keyboard shortcut, first, press the key or keys that you desire. At this point, your new key combination should be visible within the dialog. Once satisfied with your addition, click on the OK button. You should now be returned to the Shortcut Keys page with your new shortcut visible.

Integrated Mouse Gestures

Keyboard shortcuts are just part of the equation when it comes to streamlining your browsing experience in Maxthon. Over a dozen integrated mouse gestures are available as well, some of which are assigned to a browser action while others are open for customization. To perform most mouse gestures, right-click and quickly drag your mouse in the instructed direction(s). Please note that some gestures require the use of your mouse's left-click button as well as a scrolling action. During execution of a mouse gesture, you will see a colored line known as the Mouse Gesture Trail.

Super Drag and Drop

Maxthon's Mouse Gesture options, found by clicking on Mouse Gesture in the left menu pane, provide the ability to configure a number of settings. The first, labeled Enable Drag & Drop, lets you toggle the browser's Super Drag & Drop component on and off by adding or removing a check mark from its accompanying check box.

Super Drag & Drop is a cool feature that instantly performs a keyword search, opens a link, or displays an image in a new tab. This is achieved by holding your mouse button on a link, image, or highlighted text, and then dragging and dropping the selection just a few pixels in any direction.

The next option, also accompanied by a checkbox, allows you to disable or re-enable mouse gestures altogether.

Mouse Gesture Trail

The Mouse Gesture Trail, a shade of green by default, is the cursor trail that displays as you execute a mouse gesture. Maxthon offers the ability to change this color to anything within the RGB spectrum. To do so, first, click on the colored box found next to the Color of Mouse Gesture trail option. When the color palette appears, click on the desired color or replace the hex color string in the edit field provided.

Customize Mouse Gestures

In addition to providing several preset mouse gestures, Maxthon offers the option to modify them via an easy-to-use interface. Each mouse gesture is displayed in a two-column table. The first column, labeled Mouse Gesture, contains the instructions to execute each respective gesture. The second column, labeled Action, lists the accompanying browser action.

To modify an existing mouse gesture, first left click anywhere within its table row. A pop-up will now appear, containing each browser action available within Maxthon. These actions are categorized into the following three groups: TabBrowsing, and Feature. To assign a new action to the gesture in question, simply click on it. You should now be returned to the Mouse Gestures options page, with your changes visible.