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Teach your mouse new tricks

Teach your mouse new tricks
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Computers have improved our lives in so many ways, there are too many to count. But one of the most obvious improvements is that we're all a lot more productive than we were in the pre-computer age.

Just think about one example. How many documents do you type each day? You write dozens of emails, Word documents, social media posts, online forms and many others, every day. Can you even imagine doing all that with a pen and paper?

Yet, as efficient as they have made us, computers still have some annoying traits that slow you down, irritate you and maybe even make you pound on your desk. One of those is your computer mouse. Specifically, its wheel.

If you use one with your desktop computer, your mouse wheel is handy. You can scroll up and down websites like Facebook, Komando.com and others. You can do the same with Word documents, Excel charts, PowerPoint presentations, and many other programs.

The problem with most mouse wheels is that their functionality ends right there. Worse, have you ever tried using it when you have more than one window open, say a website with Word underneath it? To use your mouse on that Word document, you have to first click on it, then start scrolling up and down.

Next page: Scroll from one document to the next
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