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
Member since:
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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sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

Wasn't that idea already implemented somewhere? Office could be? Looks familiar.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

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).


There's a Windows text/code editor called EditPlus, it has a similar feature. You can mark a line with the F9 key and jump from one mark to another using F4.

I used to use that feature heavily when I did a lot of research and writing. It was very handy to dump a bunch of research material into a single text file, then skim through an use the marks to highlight individual points.

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Glynser Member since:
2007-11-29

Finally someone who understands the why and also offers a solution!

I never got annoyed by this feature because I also understand the why, but your suggestion might be a much better alternative. Let's hope it gets heard ;)

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