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Scroll the Window Under the Mouse in Windows 7 / XP / Vista

Have you ever noticed that you have to switch to a window before you can use the wheel button to scroll it? This is especially annoying if you are trying to multi-task or follow along with a lengthy tutorial in your browser window.

Reader Kevin wrote in with a great utility called KatMouse that solves this problem.

There’s only one little irritation with this utility: It changes your middle mouse button click to minimize the current window, which breaks middle-click in Firefox. No problem, we can turn that functionality off in the settings.

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To reconfigure this just choose the Wheel Button tab and then change the drop-down to None of the buttons, or at least anything other than the Wheel button.

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Once you make this minor adjustment, it’s perfect. Note that you can also remove the icon from the tray by using the General tab.

Download KatMouse

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  • Published 10/2/07

Comments (4)

  1. Rick

    Nice I love this!!!! I got frustrated all the time because of that I had to click in the window again before scrolling…
    thanks!!

  2. Matt

    Thank you! As a Mac user stuck with Windows at work, this solves a HUGE annoyance of mine. Also, the link provided in the article is now dead. The current location is http://ehiti.de/katmouse/.

  3. Angel

    Link doesn’t work. This one however does:

    http://ehiti.de/katmouse/

    Now all I need is to swap the Command and Control keys on my MacBook Pro to have a right control key when on Windows.

  4. Christian

    Does this tool work with Firefox in your case? In my case it doesn’t.

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