Scrolling without a scroll wheel?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by therevolution, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. therevolution macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    I have a Logitech Marble Mouse, and while it's pretty nice, I really miss having a scroll wheel. I was wondering if anyone knows of a software solution to give scroll wheel functionality to a regular mouse or trackball... I'm envisioning something like holding down a combination of ctrl, alt, or cmd keys and moving the trackball to do the scrolling.

    My searches have turned up nothing. Any ideas? Thanks!
     
  2. iVersa macrumors 6502

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    Considering my Mighty Mouse scroller just broke, I'd be interested in a similar thing!

    Would make sense to be able to (like you say) hold down something like apple > alt and then move the mouse downwards/upwards to get a scroll going.
     
  3. therevolution thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It's funny; the same thing happened to me, which is why I had to fall back on the Marble Mouse. Maybe Apple needs to work on that...
     
  4. therevolution thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nobody knows anything, huh?

    Hmm, I've been looking for a personal project... I wonder how difficult it would be to do it myself...
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Don't the scroll buttons work on your trackball? They work on mine. :confused:

    Spacebar and Shift + Spacebar seem to work for scrolling otherwise. Don't try it in a text box though. :rolleyes:
     
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  7. therevolution thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, the scroll buttons work, as well as space bar and arrow keys. But I don't like scrolling in fixed-size chunks, I want the control that a wheel gives you, where the scrolling speed matches the speed at which you're moving the wheel.
     
  8. smirking macrumors 6502

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    I have an expensive workaround solution that works for me. I just use the Apple Magic Mouse as my detached scroll wheel. Every once in a while, my hand gets sore from using the mouse so I replace my Razer Imperator with a DT225 trackball mouse. To regain the scroll wheel, I place an Apple Magic Mouse right next to it so I can scroll with my thumb.

    In an alternate configuration, I've sometimes put the Magic Mouse on the opposite side of my keyboard so I scroll with my left hand instead.
     

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