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Have you ever used Ubuntu?  Love the way you’re able to scroll inactive windows?  Miss this feature when you use Windows?

If so, look no further. WizMouse is a tiny free application that allows you to scroll any window without stealing focus.  It sits in your notification tray, it’s a tiny 578KB download and uses next to no resources from your system.

Once you’ve installed and run WizMouse in the usual manner, the settings box will show you all the options the application has to offer.

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They’re pretty self-explanatory so I won’t bore you with details, though one setting I would recommend leaving alone is the Run as Administrator box, It’s unnecessary.

Not allowing applications to tamper with elevated applications is a security measure built into the OS and is there for a reason.

So, once you’ve set your preferences, you can forget about it and enjoy being able to scroll non-active windows.

For example, here you can see I have an explorer windows open beneath Chrome.

If I hover my mouse over the explorer window and use the scroll wheel on my mouse, it will scroll explorer, not Chrome and won’t make the explorer window active or steal focus.

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WizMouse Download Page

Works on 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7

Got any mouse tips or tricks to share?  Let us know below in the comments.



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Comments

  • Paul

    Unfortunately, it doesn't work with my touchpad.

  • http://richr.org/ Rich

    Thanks for testing and reporting back :)

  • http://twitter.com/randalla0622 Adam Randall

    Unfortunately, this breaks scrolling when using synergy+. Otherwise it seems nearly perfect.


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