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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How about "scroll bookmarks"?
by Zifre on Thu 10th Dec 2009 21:11 UTC
Zifre
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2009-10-04

I sometimes like this behavior, and sometimes hate it.

I noticed this behavior a long time ago, but I never knew there was a vertical border too (I usually have windows maximized). The horizontal problem actually did affect me fairly often.

The one reason I like it is that it makes it possible to get to exactly where you were before in case of a mistake with a long document.

However, I have an idea that I think would be a better way to solve this problem: "scroll bookmarks". Basically, right clicking on the scroll blob would create a little marker at that spot on the scroll bar. Clicking on it would go to that location. Moving your mouse over the marker would show a snapshot of what you see at that locations, like when you mouse-over a window on the taskbar in Windows 7 or GNOME with the right Compiz settings. This would allow you to have as many "bookmarks" as you wanted, and would not cause any annoying, non-obvious behavior (although right clicking the blob may not be very obvious).

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