Take a close look at your mouse. Chances are good it has at least three buttons: left, right, and middle. (Note: Your middle button might be your scroll wheel, which on most mice is clickable.)

I just took an informal poll of about 10 people I know, and guess how many of them actually use that middle button? A grand total of one. One! People, people, people...

Starting today and for the rest of the week, I'm going to show you how to make the most of the middle mouse button. (Think I'll call it "Middy.") It's more versatile than you've ever imagined.

First up: browser tabs. I routinely have 10-15 tabs open in my browser at any given time. If I want to close a tab, I have to click it, then click the little X that appears on the tab. That's one more click than I prefer, and it brings into focus a tab I'm planning to close. Crazy, right?

Calling Middy! If you middle-click any tab in Firefox or Internet Explorer, boom, it's gone. No need to make it visible first, no need to reach for the X. Just middle-click, boom.

Nice little time-saver, no? Be sure to check back tomorrow for more Amazing Adventures of Middy.

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