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AlwaysMouseWheel

CNET Editors' review

Sometimes little tweaks can make a big difference, and that's definitely the case with AlwaysMouseWheel. This little utility allows you to scroll in windows that aren't active using your mouse wheel. It might not seem like a big deal, but it's a surprisingly useful feature to have when you do a lot of work that involves switching between windows.

The program's interface is no-nonsense; with radio buttons you select whether you want the program to bring the selected window to the front using the mouse wheel or just scroll the selected window while leaving it in the background. If you need to refer to something in one window while typing into another, this is an incredibly useful thing to be able to do.

There are check boxes to enable and disable AlwaysMouseWheel and select whether or not it will run on startup. The interface minimizes to the system tray when not in use, making it easy to access when you need to make a change. That's really all there is to it; there are no other features and no documentation.

AlwaysMouseWheel comes as a ZIP file and is accessible after extraction with no need for installation; this means you can easily take it along on a USB drive and use it when troubleshooting and performing many other tasks. We think anyone who typically has multiple windows open at once will find AlwaysMouseWheel surprisingly useful.

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All User Reviews

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  • 1.0 stars

    "added LOADS of junk despite not asking for premission"

    July 10, 2013  |   By philippefraser

    Version: AlwaysMouseWheel 3.06

    Pros

    didn't even work

    Cons

    It changed my default browser, changed my default search, added extensions to change behaviour of new tabs, added toolbars - all without asking. I am always careful not to add extra toolbars etc, but this is just ridiculous. I'm very angry at CNET for allowing this download with all this awful extras.

    Summary

    HATE IT

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply works."

    July 5, 2013  |   By baker_nole

    Version: AlwaysMouseWheel 3.06

    Pros

    Just like one would hope, run the app and the scroll wheel moves in the mouse hover location while focus is elsewhere. Tested with: Chrome, IE, Outlook, VS 2012, Excel 2012, Word 2012.

    Cons

    None found yet.

    Summary

    Fantastic download. Watch out for the CNET "extras" in the installation package - be sure to clearly note the two options of "Decline" and "Accept", even though one is camouflaged.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Makes Windows scroll more like a Mac!"

    March 2, 2013  |   By davej189

    Version: AlwaysMouseWheel 2.33

    Pros

    Allows scrolling a window just by moving your cursor over it. No more accidentally clicking links just because you wanted to scroll a window or email. Works with my touchpad and two finger scrolling! A similar app did not.

    Cons

    None found.

    Summary

    Highly recommended for painless scrolling.

    Updated on Mar 2, 2013

    False alarm, it does not seem to work with my touchpad and windows live email client.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Ctrl-Mousewheel - No Zoom!!!"

    February 23, 2012  |   By MrO14526

    Version: AlwaysMouseWheel 1.85

    Pros

    Works pretty well but...

    Cons

    Cripples mousewheel zoom in Excel...

    Summary

    I like the software but "ctrl-mousewheel" will no longer ZOOM in Excel or Word (etc), unless I disable the software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It works - simple, small, reliable."

    November 7, 2011  |   By flemur13013

    Version: AlwaysMouseWheel 1.49

    Pros

    Simple, small footprint, reliable, "portable" executable.
    Make scrolling act like it does in some Linux installs.

    Cons

    Another start-up program.

    Summary

    Get it.

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