Some applications have the nasty habit of bringing their program windows into focus even though they appear most of the time unwanted and in inappropriate moments. This happens from time to time when I'm reading an article on a website or in Word. The bad thing that is happening is that the focus is lost on the document that I'm currently reading even if the new window is just a small popup informing me about an update.
It also happens to interfere frequently when I write an article on this blog, or when I write a comment on another website or a forum.
PC Hover Wheel is a tiny application that sits in the system tray. It adds one functionality to Windows and that is that you can always scroll the window the mouse is placed on. This means that you can scroll the document even though a popup or another window opened in Windows, great for ignoring it until you finished reading.
I personally like the idea of the script but would prefer if it would be integrated into a bigger script collection to justify starting this script with Windows. My system tray would be filled with this great tiny one-purpose scripts otherwise.
You can download the program from the German PC Welt website. Just click on the "Zum Download" link to open the download page. According to that page, the program is compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system from Windows XP onwards.
To use it, download and unpack it to your system and start it up afterwards. You can from that moment on use the scroll wheel on programs that are at least partially visible on the screen, even if the program window is not the active one on the system.
Update: You can check out How To control Non-Active Windows With The Mouse which reviews an alternative that you can use to scroll windows even if they are not active in the Windows operating system.
The program Mouse Hunter lets you control inactive windows with the mouse. The application lets you use the mouse wheel in visible windows on the screen. While that may mean scrolling up or down in some applications - Windows Explorer comes to mind - it may mean other functionality in other apps. In media players it could mean turning the volume up or down, or going forward or backward.
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