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WizMouse Enables Mouse Over Scrolling on Any Window

WizMouse is a free and lightweight Windows application that enables a simple but effective trick: the ability to scroll the contents of a window that is under your mouse cursor without shifting the focus to that window.

It may not seem like much, at first glance, but the ability to scroll a window without having to click on it and shift the focus of your current window is a huge time saver. Once WizMouse is installed simply mousing over any open window and engage your scroll wheel for instant scroll with no additional click or shift in focus necessary. You’ll get so used to it you’ll forget that it wasn’t built into Windows from the start.

Hit up the link below to grab a copy of WizMouse, a free and Windows only application.

WizMouse [Antibody Software]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/25/11

Comments (12)

  1. Jared

    Is this any different from KatMouse? It seems to be the same idea, just has been updated more recently.

  2. akbarri

    “You’ll get so used to it you’ll forget that it wasn’t built into Windows from the start.”

    I think Windows have that option :)

    TweakUI > Mouse > X-Mouse
    Activation follows mouse (X-mouse) = check
    Autoraise when activating = uncheck
    Activation delay (ms) = 0

    Cheers :)

  3. Mike

    I found that while gaming this type of program often makes the scroll wheel inoperable or very erratic.
    Will this program allow you to ignore processes like KatMouse does?

  4. George B-S

    My W7 Home Premium dpes this by default.

  5. andy

    Nice, works well so far.

    I used to like Katmouse but it makes chrome scroll funky.


  6. Jonneh

    Yes! Awesome!
    I miss this functionality from Ubuntu so much!

  7. KenLV

    @akbarri This works with in 7, TweakUI does not.

    @George Hmmm… My Win 7 Premium doesn’t do this by default (or at all that I can find). Not on any of the 6 systems I currently have it running on.

    But back to this program, I love it and have been using it for a while. I do a lot of work with spreadsheets open and multiple reference docs open as well. To be able to easily move through each without it bringing it to the front is HUGE.

  8. Joe M

    I’ve had bad luck getting wizmouse to run right in windows 7 — most likely due to a driver problem (i.e. until very recently Evoluent didn’t have a 64-bit win7 mouse driver). I got around this by downloading X-Mouse Button Control. It’s basically a stripped down version of the button mapping software that ships with most Microsoft and Logitech Mice. One option it has is to enable scroll on the window under cursor. No tweak ui needed, and runs fine on windows 7 ultimate.

  9. jfjb

    @ akbarri
    WizMouse also emulates mouse scroll for programs not designed with this feature in mind.
    TweakUi doesn’t help here.

  10. Meh and I

    I’ve had WizMouse for a long time. When I first saw it, I said what is the point? When I downloaded and installed it, I said how did I compute without it.

  11. Irenee

    Thank for the blogpost. It reminded me that I need to update WizMouse. =d

  12. thorstenmz

    I’m using a Microsoft IntelliMouse. It came with a driver for Windows XP which actually made it scroll the window below the mouse cursor. With Windows 7 I found no such possibility and I dearly missed it. What made them cut back on functionality?!?

    Thanks to Joe M, I downloaded and installed X-Mouse Button Control and I’m happy again :-) Kudos to you!

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