Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Dec 2009 19:52 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces For as long as I can remember, I've been having issues with scrolling in Windows and its applications. When scrolling via dragging the scroll blob, it seemed as if Windows had the annoying habit of randomly resetting your scroll blob to its starting position, which irritated me to no end. It took me a while to figure out, but I finally know when this behaviour occurs - now I just need to know: why?!
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Stop annoying yourself
by bm3719 on Thu 10th Dec 2009 20:20 UTC
bm3719
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2006-05-30

If the goal is to get content from document into your brain (or vice versa), there's a couple of obvious steps you can take to make life easier:

1. Optimize vertical real estate by turning your widescreen (aka shortscreen) monitor sideways. Obviously, this isn't an option on laptops. Personally, I refuse to buy a new one until they stop making them in aspect ratios that put movie watching before doing actual work.

2. Stop squandering your precious vertical real estate with toolbars, giant win7 taskbars, and other UI frills.

3. Use a tiling window manager. The only way to really get all the screen you've paid for.

4. Use document viewers and editors that don't require the mouse. Instead of context switching to find your cursor and carefully position it on the UI widget that translates into the scrolling command you want, just use something that lets you hit a key, like the space bar. This is even better when editing, since your fingers are already on the keyboard.

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