Tips to perform tasks using the Mighty Mouse’s scroll-ball

January 11, 2006

Mighty Mouse
Apple has made it possible for Mighty Mouse owners to use the scroll-ball to perform many tasks in certain applications. Some of these tips also work with other mice from 3rd party companies.

In Safari, when viewing a quicktime movie, just scroll vertically to fast-forward or rewind the movie. Or in iTunes, scroll horizontally above the volume bar to change the volume. In Quicktime Player, scroll vertically to fast-forward and rewind, and scroll horizontally to change the volume (the cursor must be over the timeline in order to work). In some applications, you can scroll through drop-down menus.

So, start using that scroll ball in different applications, and you’ll soon discover how much you can control with the Mighty Mouse.

9 Responses

  1. Andy Merrett says:

    By accident I found that similar tricks work on the new Powerbook (and future MacBook I guess) – in fact any trackpad with the new two-finger scrolling feature. Though, the volume in quicktime seems to be reversed to my logic at least.

    January 11th, 2006 at 6:16 pm

  2. Appleologist says:

    You are correct, Andy. It makes no sense the way the volume is reversed in Quicktime, but it is very strange.

    January 11th, 2006 at 7:17 pm

  3. Andy Merrett says:

    The volume bit seems a little contrived as you have to hover over the volume bar anyway – why not just click on it to change. The FF/Rewind function is cool, though.

    January 12th, 2006 at 1:44 am

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