How many of you out there use the mouse wheel? Personally I use it a lot. But, after however many versions of Windows, Microsoft STILL haven’t figured out how to make it work. They believe it should scroll the window that has the current focus. But what if you’re using Windows Explorer and are hovering over the directory window but the file window has focus – my intent is to always scroll the window I’m looking at, which is the one with the mouse IN IT.
Any of you who use Firefox will see that they have done the decent thing and the mouse wheel always scrolls the window the mouse is actually hovering over. What a shame Microsoft couldn’t make such a simple change to their flagship product: Windows.
Step forward a Kiwi developer, Antibody Software, to fill the gap. Download their handy little utility here (http://antibody-software.com/web/software/software/wizmouse-makes-your-mouse-wheel-work-on-the-window-under-the-mouse/ – look at that for an SEO friendly URL!) and the mouse wheel will now scroll the window your mouse is hovering over.
Hurrah – suddenly the mouse wheel is properly useful!
If you don’t understand my concern over the mouse wheel it’s very possibly because you have never found it useful because Microsoft didn’t make it usable. Give it a go (especially with this little utility), you’ll wonder how you coped without it.