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Change Mouse Scroll Wheel Settings in Windows Vista and Seven

Like in Windows Vista, you can configure the behavior of the mouse wheel in Windows 7. I use a mouse with a wheel most of the time and I frequently utilize the mouse wheel. If you too use the wheel, you may find benefit in configuring the behavior of it.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to configure mouse wheel behavior in Windows 7. This guide also applies to Windows Vista.

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Configuring Mouse Wheel Settings

To configure mouse wheel settings, do the following:

  1. Click the Start button, type mouse, and click on Mouse
  2. Under the Wheel tab, you may configure the vertical and horizontal scrolling settings

    Change Mouse Scroll Wheel Settings in Windows Vista and Seven - 1

Through trial and error, you will find the most useful setting for you. (Now if you could only program your mouse to keep the settings–even in other computers…)



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27 thoughts on “Windows 7: Change Mouse Scroll Wheel Settings [How To]”

  1. Alastair says:

    I have found that my mouse wheel does not work on the windows 7 beta. I have tried using other mice but incurr the same problem.Do you have any idea on how to fix this?

  2. Alastair says:

    I have found that my mouse wheel does not work on the windows 7 beta. I have tried using other mice but incurr the same problem.Do you have any idea on how to fix this?

  3. Alastair says:

    I have found that my mouse wheel does not work on the windows 7 beta. I have tried using other mice but incurr the same problem.Do you have any idea on how to fix this?

  4. Christian Ihlen says:

    I have the same problem, mouse scroll doesn’t work (and SetPoint 64 doesn’t show the mice and keyb settings tabs).
    If you have a solutins please let me know, I’ll do the same.

  5. Christian Ihlen says:

    I have the same problem, mouse scroll doesn’t work (and SetPoint 64 doesn’t show the mice and keyb settings tabs).
    If you have a solutins please let me know, I’ll do the same.

  6. Christian Ihlen says:

    I have the same problem, mouse scroll doesn’t work (and SetPoint 64 doesn’t show the mice and keyb settings tabs).
    If you have a solutins please let me know, I’ll do the same.

  7. arshad says:

    what i do to use wheel button is as to pan command like in window xp pls its v help full in my auto cad software plssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  8. arshad says:

    what i do to use wheel button is as to pan command like in window xp pls its v help full in my auto cad software plssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  9. arshad says:

    what i do to use wheel button is as to pan command like in window xp pls its v help full in my auto cad software plssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

  10. KT says:

    for AutoCAD switch your Wheel Button property to “middle click” then in autocad make sure “mbuttonpan” is set to 1. That should fix your pan problems!

  11. KT says:

    for AutoCAD switch your Wheel Button property to “middle click” then in autocad make sure “mbuttonpan” is set to 1. That should fix your pan problems!

  12. KT says:

    for AutoCAD switch your Wheel Button property to “middle click” then in autocad make sure “mbuttonpan” is set to 1. That should fix your pan problems!

  13. Noah says:

    Using Windows Home premium 32 bit and an HP branded mouse which is really made by Logitech & detected as Logitech in device manager, the wheel scroll function does not work. The wheel only works as button :(

    Logitech or Microsoft need to address this issue & provide an updated driver via Windows update!

    I have tried the SetPoint software from Logitech but that did not solve the issue.

  14. Franco says:

    is there a way to make it work like in linux? to scroll whatever is under the mouse, not just what's focused? or to make it copy/paste selected text on middle click?

    1. Lutin says:

      Try X-Mouse Button Control freeware
      I’m using it since two year, on different system (xp, vista 32, win 7 x64…)
      works fine and do the scroll on windows under cursor
      auto detect x86 or x64 system and run as service
      http://www.highrez.co.uk/downloads/XMouseButtonControl.htm

  15. Lkpksk8 says:

    The Wheel Tab does not appear on my mouse settings box. Why not?

    1. Rich says:

      What mouse do you use? You may have to install the drivers for the mouse (usually, if the mouse comes with a disc, it will need driver installation to enable all features.)

  16. Pinky says:

    When i scroll up the wheel, it takes me to previous page instead

  17. Alex says:

    every time i put my computer to sleep, it resets the number of lines to 1. How do I make it keep this setting??

  18. Drneetarao says:

    I have a HID compliant mouse on Windows 7, and am trying to enable scrolling on my touchpad. When I went to mouse options, I found hardware but no scrolling or touchpad options, please advice

    1. Rich says:

      Do you have the latest drivers for this device? It’s likely the device needs drivers/software to take advantage of non-standard features.

  19. Kaushalajmera5 says:

    i have a ps/2 mouse and it’s not working in win7 ???? plss…help

  20. PsykO says:

    I have exactly the same problem. it drives me crazy! anyone who can help, please??

  21. Grlsniper says:

    why does my scroll wheel make the webpage content larger or smaller?  I just want the damn thing to scroll. 

    1. David Brick says:

      Sounds like you have a stuck Control (“Ctrl”) key.  In most browsers and Office products (depending on the settings) when you hold down the Ctrl key and scroll on the mouse wheel it zooms in or out on the information displayed.  Hope this helps!

  22. is there a way to disable the wheel mouse+shift function it’s really annoying 

  23. Stephen says:

    When I click the mouse wheel it does this extremely annoying thing. It takes me out of the screen I am on, back to the desktop, with a new panel that displays all of the tabs on the taskbar, and it wants me to click one. When I do, it brings up that screen. It also disables the function of the scroll wheel so that I cannot scroll the page with it. Instead, scrolling the wheel now zooms in and out the screen. Clicking the scroll wheel again and repeating the process will bring back the original scroll function.

    The problem is: THIS IS ANNOYING AS HELL! I always click the button by accident.

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