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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RE: Stop annoying yourself
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 10th Dec 2009 22:30 in reply to "Stop annoying yourself"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

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.


Ditto! While the Thinkpads (especially the X series) have been mocked for sticking with 4:3 displays after most others had gone widescreen, I actually prefer it and was disappointed when Lenovo changed that with the x200/300 models.

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RE: Stop annoying yourself
by crunchyfrog on Fri 11th Dec 2009 16:50 in reply to "Stop annoying yourself"
crunchyfrog Member since:
2008-08-13


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


Or if you must have a giant taskbar, move it to the left (or right) of your monitor. I've been using this configuration since Windows 98 - it's the only sensible layout for working on a widescreen monitor. It also allows for much more applications in the taskbar without all that silly grouping (pre-Windows 7 anyway).

Unfortunately, I've yet to find a Linux desktop environment that supports it without making a mess of the layout. KDE4 almost manages it but still looks ugly. It's been completely broken in GNOME since time immemorial. XFCE nearly got it in 4.0, but broke it terribly in later versions with no sign of it ever being fixed.

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