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Windows Vista® Step by Step Deluxe Edition by Joan Lambert, Joyce Cox

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Changing the Way Your Mouse Works

In the beginning, a computer mouse consisted of a shell with one button to click with and a rubber ball on the bottom that correlated your mouse movements with a pointer on the screen. Nowadays, mice come in many shapes and sizes, employing a variety of functions, buttons, wheels, and connection methods.

Windows Vista offers enhanced wheel support that allows for smooth scrolling both vertically (as is traditional) and horizontally (on the newer mice that support this). Check the manufacturer’s documentation to see if your mouse is able to take advantage of this technology. But even if your mouse is not of the latest generation, you can still customize your mouse settings in various ways to optimize the way it ...

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