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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Another scrolling "thing"
by Anusko on Fri 11th Dec 2009 00:33 UTC
Anusko
Member since:
2009-06-30

I'm a KDE user and a friend of mine who uses both Linux and Windows once told me about one curious thing that I had never noticed. In Windows (at least XP which is the last I've used) you can only use the scroll wheel in the active window. In KDE and I think that in Gnome too, you can scroll where you pointer is, independently of the focus of the window.
It's a completely different problem but I found it a curious behave.

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RE: Another scrolling "thing"
by ba1l on Fri 11th Dec 2009 00:41 in reply to "Another scrolling "thing""
ba1l Member since:
2007-09-08

Yep - All X-based UI systems (like KDE or Gnome) treat the mouse wheel event the same way they treat other mouse events - they go to the window underneath the cursor. Mac OS X behaves the same.

Windows treats it as a key press event, so it goes to the active window. Not only that, but it goes to the active control. If you have a window with multiple scrollable controls (Windows Explorer, for example, or a web page with an iframe in it) you have to click first to select the control, then scroll.

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RE[2]: Another scrolling "thing"
by talaf on Fri 11th Dec 2009 00:49 in reply to "RE: Another scrolling "thing""
talaf Member since:
2008-11-19

Yah, like clicking "in" the webpage to scroll it, not just the navigator.

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RE[2]: Another scrolling "thing"
by Cytor on Fri 11th Dec 2009 11:58 in reply to "RE: Another scrolling "thing""
Cytor Member since:
2005-07-08

I really enjoy this behaviour under OS X. Is there a 3rd party addon or a registry key in Windows (XP) to enable the same behaviour?

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