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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Windows and scrolling.
by Blind on Thu 10th Dec 2009 21:15 UTC
Blind
Member since:
2009-09-24

There are 2 really big annoyances I have with Windows in terms of using it.

1. Whatever I have my mouse hovered over I should be able to scroll with mouse wheel.

TRYME: In Windows explorer highlight something in the right pane, then in the left pane where there are more directories and files in the window than one can see, try, without clicking, to scroll and see what cannot be seen. This affects all applications which use panes.

TRYMEAGAIN: Open two programs, one must have scrolling capabilities. Hover over the unfocused scrollable window and scroll mouse wheel.

No dice? Unless they fixed this in windows 7 it is the most retarded *cough* mentally challenged behavior in Windows. Being a 10year Linux user I may be biased.

2.The address bar click behavior.

TRYME: Single click the address bar in FF or IE in Windows.

What happened? Yes that is right THE WHOLE F*IN THING SELECTED!!! Strange because the behavior in every other piece of software on windows single click places the cursor. So if I typed psnews.com and realized I made a mistake and single click between the P and the S to remove the P and then pressed backspace, the whole thing disappears. Every instance of text entry usually uses single click as cursor placement, double click to highlight one word, triple click to highlight the line/all. As for a web browsers address bar double click should highlight all, single click place cursor, end of story.

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RE: Windows and scrolling.
by Drumhellar on Thu 10th Dec 2009 21:33 in reply to "Windows and scrolling."
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

1. X-Mouse is the way to go. Focus-follows-mouse is awesome.

2. That's not windows behavior, that's application behavior, and you can change it in firefox. in about:config, change browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll to false.

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RE[2]: Windows and scrolling.
by Blind on Thu 10th Dec 2009 21:40 in reply to "RE: Windows and scrolling."
Blind Member since:
2009-09-24

1. X-Mouse is the way to go. Focus-follows-mouse is awesome.

2. That's not windows behavior, that's application behavior, and you can change it in firefox. in about:config, change browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll to false.


Good to know, however I believe the default setting is the Microsoft way and Mozilla is just adhering to UI guidelines.

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RE[2]: Windows and scrolling.
by Hark3n on Thu 10th Dec 2009 21:40 in reply to "RE: Windows and scrolling."
Hark3n Member since:
2007-01-15

1. X-Mouse is the way to go. Focus-follows-mouse is awesome.

2. That's not windows behavior, that's application behavior, and you can change it in firefox. in about:config, change browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll to false.


Thanks for the x-mouse tip. The lack of focus follow in Windows have been driving me crazy.

Strange how I find Linux easier to work with nowadays than Windows.

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RE[2]: Windows and scrolling.
by DhulKarnain on Fri 11th Dec 2009 13:01 in reply to "RE: Windows and scrolling."
DhulKarnain Member since:
2009-11-03

haha that address bar single click to select behaviour is usually the first thing I change in FF on Linux when trying out a new distro.
me and my brother both think one click feels natural in the address bar, 2 clicks to select is awkward and annoying

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RE: Windows and scrolling.
by KrimZon on Thu 10th Dec 2009 21:43 in reply to "Windows and scrolling."
KrimZon Member since:
2009-06-24

1. Whatever I have my mouse hovered over I should be able to scroll with mouse wheel.


I wasn't conscious of this in Windows until I started using Gnome a lot, and came to find the ability to scroll background windows pretty useful.

Windows has one nice feature though, which is the ability to drag from a background window without focusing it, meaning I can drag from a maximized background window into a smaller foreground window which would otherwise be obscured.

In Gnome I can set the smaller window to always be on top, but I personally find it a tad easier just to be able to drag at random.

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RE: Windows and scrolling.
by StephenBeDoper on Thu 10th Dec 2009 22:44 in reply to "Windows and scrolling."
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Agreed, that is annoying behaviour. The best workaround I've found is Logitech's "MouseWare" app. With it installed, using the scroll wheel while the mouse is over an un-focused Window will bring that Window to the front.

Although I stopped using it a while back because it doesn't work very well with KVM switches (switch to another computer and switch back, and the scroll wheel no longer works at all).

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