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I was just surfin' Safari and thought this was pretty cool. To scroll a page without needing to use the scroll wheel or manually clicking on the up or down arrows, simply do this...

Hold down the shift key and click and hold the mouse on a blank spot on the page. Then move the mouse up or down past the edge of the window, and the window will scroll in the respective direction. I'm not sure if this works in any other apps, but it's definitely not in all Cocoa apps (it fails in TextEdit, for instance).

[robg adds: In Safari, the shift key somehow disables text selection, which is what you'd otherwise get if you just did a click-and-hold and then moved the mouse up or down...]
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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: PancakeMan on Mar 04, '04 11:40:58AM

Doesn't work for me - I get text selection even when holding shift. OSX.2.8, Safari 1.0.2



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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: sinjin on Mar 04, '04 01:19:13PM

Yup, looks like a Safari 1.1/1.2 hint. Does work with Firefox on my 10.2.8 system, though.



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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: BarracksSi on Mar 05, '04 03:13:47AM

Doesn't work for me either, even when I take the focus off the page by clicking in the address field.

At least, it doesn't work without selecting text in the process. If that's all I'm going to expect, then I wouldn't bother with holding any modifier keys at all -- just click & drag, then once I'm done scrolling, click again to deselect everything.

I use the arrow keys & spacebar as often as possible, anyway.



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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: rhowell on Mar 04, '04 11:44:53AM

Works just fine in 10.3.2. This will be a great hint for those users with one finger...er, I mean one mouse button.



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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: webbix on Mar 04, '04 11:11:59PM

Also works with other keys/key combinations...

control+shift
option+command

or simply the command key

And as noted the arrow keys work but add several options.
arrow key line scroll
command+arrow top or bottom
option+arrow page up/down

further, the shift key modifies the scroll wheel function from up/down to left/right

of course this is probably already known.



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Works in Mozilla browsers, too (kind of)
Authored by: googoo on Mar 04, '04 11:48:32AM

This hint works in the Mozilla browsers (Firefox, Camino, Mozilla) as long as you have not selected any text on the page yet and you press shift before the mouse. If you have previously selected text on the page (even if it is no longer selected) holding the shift with the mouse has no special behavior. I suspect that selecting text on the page gives the software a reference position for selections, and that reference position is retained even after "unselecting" the text. (Just a guess, though.)

-Mark



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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: jimlewellen on Mar 04, '04 04:42:19PM

Have I missed something here? Why not just use the arrow keys? No mousing needed.



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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: bdb on Mar 04, '04 04:54:04PM

The difference is that you can control the scroll speed (unlike the arrow keys). However, I prefer either uControl which provieds a superb scroll wheel emulation on the trackpad or sidetrack. Both free utilities whith great functionality.



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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: wuf810 on Mar 04, '04 05:16:13PM

Or why not just hit spacebar = page down or Shift Spacebar = page Up. Because it only does a page at a time there is not need for speed control etc.



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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: OSX_Apprentice on Mar 05, '04 12:43:29PM

Thank you wuf810!!!!

Awesome!

:o)



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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: BarracksSi on Mar 05, '04 10:45:17PM

Or, (Apple likes to have options for us, don't they?)

Use the arrow keys to scroll up & down:
arrow only = line-by-line,
opt-arrow = page down OR up,
command-arrow = straight to the top or bottom.

OR use speakable commands.

OR..... (I'm sure there's more ways, too.. lol)



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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: asan102 on Mar 04, '04 05:47:17PM

I can't get this to work at all – I tried it in Safari and Camino.

Holding Shift and clicking and dragging doesn't do anything at all. I have the latest Safari and OS X, and I'm using regular Apple mouse drivers + Pro Mouse.

How do I get this to work?



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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: asan102 on Mar 04, '04 06:42:58PM

Doh – I got it to work. I didn't understand the "Drag past the edge of the window" part – mainly because it doesn't make any sense, as my browser window takes up most of the screen. Kinda useless when I only have a few hundred pixels of scroll space.



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Scroll pages using the shift key and the mouse
Authored by: sim on Mar 05, '04 09:30:46AM

Any modifier key will give the same result (except control). In Safari at least.



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uControl does a better job
Authored by: pediddle on Mar 20, '04 02:08:27AM
Everyone without a scroll-wheel should have uControl installed! It's a really neat tool that, among other things, lets you press any modifyer key ("fn" is great on a laptop) and scroll with the mouse in any window, not just Safari. It even works in two dimensions for those extra-wide webpages, and even with normal mice too (not just touchpads)! Highly recommended.

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