Scrolling without a scroll wheel?

therevolution

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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!
 

iVersa

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Aug 12, 2006
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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.
 

therevolution

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

therevolution

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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...
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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therevolution said:
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!
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:
 

therevolution

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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.
 

smirking

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Aug 31, 2003
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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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