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gravity's avatar

How do get my mouse wheel to scroll differently?

Asked by gravity (3116points) October 1st, 2010

All of a sudden today my mouse wheel is scrolling from the top of the page to the bottom in just one scroll of the click wheel. I remember seeing somewhere that I could adjust how much area is covered in scrolling but can’t find it now. I did find where to adjust how fast it scrolls but that isn’t what I had found before. Can anyone help me? I am running Windows 7 if that makes any difference. I have looked at all the properties on the device… I’m stumped.

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Blackberry's avatar

Go look in the control panel and mess around in there.

Zyx's avatar

For firefox:

“Here’s how to change the default scroll speed:

1. Open Firefox, then type about:config in the address bar and hit Enter.

2. In the Filter box, type mousewheel.withnokey.

3. Right-click mousewheel.withnokey.sysnumlines and then click Toggle. This should set the value to False.

4. Right-click mousewheel.withnokey.numlines and then click Modify. Bump the value to 6 or so, click OK, and then switch to another tab to see if you like the scroll speed. (Thankfully, you don’t have to restart Firefox every time you make a change.) If not, experiment a bit until you find a number you like.

Hold down alt to switch back to line at a time scrolling.”

If you’re not using firefox or experiencing problems in another program this will not help you at all, sorry.

gravity's avatar

Ok I fixed it but had to put on the slowest setting to do so… weird. Oh well, thanks for the response!

erichw1504's avatar

I would have adjusted the Mouse settings in the Control Panel. There should be a Wheel tab where you can change the vertical and horizontal scrolling.

What @Zyx said will only affect Firefox, not anything else on your computer like file windows, documents, and other browsers.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

You may have a special driver for your mouse that isn’t best accessed via the Control Panel. My Logitech mouse, for example, is best controlled (and modified) if I run the Logitech mouse setup program. (I think that I ‘can’ control it via the CP, but I have issues with the laptop touchpad, too.)

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