Control your Desktop with Mouse Gestures

It’s easy to set up and use your own own mouse or pen gestures with Easystroke, which can execute custom predefined actions when it recognizes gestures on the screen.


DEB packages for Ubuntu are available from the project’s site. Download and install the Easystroke package, and start Easystroke from Applications->Universal Access->Easystroke Gesture Recognition.

To start Easystroke when you log in, add the command easystroke to System->Preferences->Sessions.

Easystroke will start running in your notification area. Click on the icon (which will change appearance to show your last gesture) to open the configuration window.

You’ll need to add some actions to start using Easystroke. Click the Add Action button in the Actions tab to do this. A new row will be added to the list of actions, and you will be prompted by an editable text box to enter a name for the new gesture. Type a name, and press enter. Next the Type field will be selected.

There are five types of actions Easystroke can take when it detects a gesture, these are the three most useful:

Select the type you want, and then enter an argument if needed. Press the Record Stroke button to set the stroke you want to use. Draw the stroke by holding down the middle mouse button and releasing when you are finished.

Once the stroke is recorded, you can test out the new gesture!

I haven’t played with Easystroke for very long, but here are a few gestures I think I’ll be using heavily (shows with their type and arguments):

What mouse gestures do you find useful?

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I think I will use this to bring firefox like gestures to the desktop. Like Alt-Tab and Shift-Alt-Tab, Close an application.
Thank your for this great intro!


What theme do you use?


i love my eeepc 1000 w mulltitouch

i cant wiat to see if easystroke has any options for it


I’m not sure how to go about recovering data when the whole partition is gone, but until you figure it out make sure you don’t write to the disk which could cause the data to be overwritten.

The metacity theme is Unity, you can find it in the package gnome-themes-extras on Ubuntu. The GTK theme is Glow Water which is available here: .


this program is pretty much awesome as hell

laptop + compiz + easytroke = awesome


iampriteshdesai - Easiet way would be to plug the Hard Drive into another PC with windows and use R-studio or some data recovery app. R-studio is the best I have found, it will find your data on lost partitions. You can possibly use an external/usb device so you can plug your HD into another working PC. I hope this helps, I hate to see people loose their data.


Easystroke is a life saver. I’m running it on my Eee PC t91 and the most vital stroke is to generate a right-click (button 3).

The other coolest thing about Easystroke is that you can add exceptions (disable it) for specific apps (like cellwriter, GIMP, etc.) where I obviously don’t want to be triggering anything via Easystroke while I’m doodling or spelling words. Unfortunately I can’t get compiz working on this machine, although compiz didn’t work at all in the Ubuntu Netbook Remix prior to Karmic anyway, so it’s no big loss. I just want a nice Humanity icon for Easystroke :P

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