Grab and Drag enables Adobe Acrobat-style grab and drag scrolling in Firefox, Thunderbird, and Flock. Though it’s not a plugin that anyone with a scroll-wheel mouse would find useful (I don’t think), it is very helpful if you use a one button mouse (iBook/PowerBook/MacBook/MacBook Pro users), a stylus/pen or touchscreen/tablet PC.
- Install Grab and Drag as you would any other Firefox plugin (browser restart required). Once Firefox re-launches, you’ll be prompted with a Startup Wizard (pictured below). From here you can set the initial usage options. I would suggest leaving Add a Grab and Drag toggle button to the Navigation toolbar enabled to start – you can always remove it later. Click Finished after you’ve set your preferences.
- If you thought the setup was done, you were a little bit wrong. Grab and Drag automatically launches the Preferences after you click Finished in the previous step. Though you can click OK and just start using Grab and Drag, it’s a good idea to review the Preferences first. The General tab is actually a great place to learn about the features of Grab and Drag – let alone customize it to your liking.
- The More Options tab allows you to change the cursors – you may want to experiment with the defaults before you make changes, but go with your gut.
- With Grab and Drag enabled, your cursor will (by default) change to a ‘hand’ similar the Adobe Acrobat cursor. You can “grab” any part of a web page, and scroll by dragging. If you click a link (again, depending on how much you customized the Preferences) it will open as normal.
- To disable Grab and Drag, click the Toolbar icon. Clicking the icon again will re-enable it.
Grab and Drag enabled
Gran and Drag disabled