The middle mouse button – also known as the scroll wheel – can help you in a couple of ways.
Most people know that you can scroll up and down a page, using the wheel on the mouse, but did you know, that if you click it, a whole new set of features abound.
Clicking your middle mouse button in most windows will give you a quick-scroll image and moving the mouse up and down will scroll quite a bit faster than if you moved the scroll wheel with your finger.
In your browser
In your browser, if you click the middle mouse button in the “new tab slot” you create a new tab. (Left clicking will do that too).
In an open tab however, if you click the middle mouse button, it closes the tab without you needing to hunt for the little X.
Open and close instances of your applications quickly by using the middle mouse button.
You can also accomplish opening a new instance of an application by right-clicking on the application, and then clicking on the name of the application, but this is much faster.
You can accomplish closing a new instance of an application by hovering your mouse over the application, and clicking the X in the corner of the preview window, or you can click the middle mouse button anywhere in the preview window to close it.
The task bar tip is one I have unknowingly wanted to know since Windows 7 first came out with the “pin to taskbar” feature, trying to replace the Quick Launch toolbar. I like the “pin to taskbar” but creating new instances always perplexed me, which is why I always added the Quick Launch toolbar to my windows taskbar, rather than using the “pin to taskbar” feature.
The magic of the middle mouse button helps me in so many ways, I thought it might help you too.