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how do I turn off autoscroll?

September 20, 2005 at 12:50:45
Specs: WinXP Pro, AMD64Athlon/512

I think it's called autoscroll. It the feature that lets you scroll through a page without keep the mouse icon on the scroll bar. Anyway, it's annoying. I scroll down the regular way (holding down the mouse button on the scroll bar and moving down) to the point in the page I want to be at. Then when I move my mouse icon away from the scroll bar (to highlight something at the current place in the page for example), the scroll bar continues to move down, and I lose my place. This happens in Photoshop too: I scroll the regular way to a part of the picture I want to work on, and then move my mouse icon into the picture. As I move it, however, the entire picture zooms completely out (this is a unique feature of Photoshop; it utilizes the OS's autoscroll feature). I don't want this to happen. I tried going into the mouse dialogue box through the control panel but couldn't find anything relevant. How do I turn autoscrolling off?

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#1
September 20, 2005 at 13:39:32

I'm not sure, but it sounds like a user problem to me. Is it possible that you are trying to do things too fast?

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#2
September 20, 2005 at 15:30:37

No because a strange thing is that it starts up spontaneously while I'm in the middle of the screen - that is, no where near the scroll bar. For example, I might be typing something and then want to position my cursor higher up on the page, so I move my mouse and suddenly the scroll bar moves. I don't know why it does this, but at least if I can turn off autoscrolling, it might get rid of this problem.

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#3
September 20, 2005 at 15:53:38

It doesn't sound like an autoscrolling problem to me. Lets make sure we understand the problem. You move the mouse without holding down any button or the scroll wheel, and it causes the scroll bar to move, right?

That sounds to me like the mouse might have a problem. A flaky scroll wheel switch might cause that. Can you try another mouse?


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#4
September 29, 2005 at 13:05:04

Yes, a USB mouse works just fine. The problem is it's a mouse PAD on a notebook PC, so always using a USB mouse means one more peripheral I have to lug around everywhere. Seems to be I should take it back to the manufacturer. Agreed?

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