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Use a two-handed scrolling technique to work quicker Laptop Macs
This is for MacBook and MacBook Pro users who work with a mouse connected...

I've been working with large spreadsheets with swathes of scientific data and graphs, laid out in "split" format, which splits the screen to show multiple areas of the worksheet at once. I found navigating it all very tedious after many days using a USB mouse.

But now, I've found a great solution: use the left hand to utilize two-finger-scrolling on the trackpad, and keep using the mouse with the right hand. Since my spreadsheets are split, and the two-finger scroll applies to whatever is currently 'under' the mouse, I can make a slight movement of the mouse to one pane, quickly scroll left and right with the left hand on the trackpad, quickly move back to the other pane with the mouse, and then do the same in that pane.

Two hands really are better than one; hope this helps someone else.
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Use a two-handed scrolling technique to work quicker
Authored by: paul h on Oct 23, '08 09:17:19AM

Great hint! Thanks.



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Use a two-handed scrolling technique to work quicker
Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 23, '08 03:24:12PM

Yeah, the two finger scroll is so superior to any external mouse scrolling that I find myself using the trackpad for everything even when I have an external mouse. The only hard thing is dragging.



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Use a two-handed scrolling technique to work quicker
Authored by: vocaro on Oct 23, '08 05:58:59PM

How is this any better than scrolling with the mouse's scroll wheel? Or am I to assume that this hint only applies to those who have a USB mouse with no scroll wheel?



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Use a two-handed scrolling technique to work quicker
Authored by: jiclark on Oct 24, '08 10:19:18AM

What makes it better is that the two-finger trackpad scrolling is multi-directional. In other words, you can effortlessly scroll vertically, horizontally or even diagonally.



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Use a two-handed scrolling technique to work quicker
Authored by: hutchwilco on Oct 26, '08 02:49:37AM

It's different because the point of the hint is that you are using your usb mouse (scroll or no scroll) AND your trackpad - both hands working together. In the instance of the spreadsheets, moving the cursor with the usb mouse between panes allows the split panes to be quickly and accurately scrolled left/right/up/down.
I'm sure it can apply to other difficult tasks, such as FinalCutPro as others have mentioned.



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Use a two-handed scrolling technique to work quicker
Authored by: M-3 on Oct 24, '08 05:44:03AM

I use this technique in Final Cut Pro all the time! I scroll left & right along my time line on the track pad while I use my mouse with the other hand. I won't even edit on the desktop station at work anymore because of this. I just need to find a stand-alone track pad that will plug into a USB port on the desktop's keyboard and I'll really be in business. :-)



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Use a two-handed scrolling technique to work quicker
Authored by: skigil on Oct 24, '08 06:49:08AM
Use a two-handed scrolling technique to work quicker
Authored by: styrafome on Oct 24, '08 09:42:41AM

I agree! Apple really needs to make a desktop multi-touch trackpad or a desktop keyboard that has it built in. It's the only other reason (other than portability) that my desktop isn't as good as my MacBook Pro.

skigil, the link you provided doesn't seem to indicate any support for multi-touch.



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Use a two-handed scrolling technique to work quicker
Authored by: pyxlpoint on Oct 24, '08 11:21:37AM
For desktops, try the touchpads from Cirque. I use a two handed method for graphic/Web design on a Mac desktop. I have a USB Kensington Expert Mouse (trackball) left of keyboard for pointing and a Cirque touchpad right of keyboard for clicking. I am interested in getting a two handed input device developed to take this idea further, as explained at www.pyxlpoint.com.

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