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Disabling Horizontal Scroll on the Mac

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I love when the combination of Google Search and the a great discussion board quickly solve something that has been driving me batshit for a while.

I finally stopped procrastinating and started the final two day edit push on Venture Financings: How To Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And VC. However, for the last month I’ve become increasingly annoyed by the horizontal scrolling thing that happens within Microsoft Word 2011 on the Mac when I accidentally brush my fingers horizontally on the magic mouse. In an effort to continue procrastinating (which I clearly have succeeded at) I went looking for a solution this morning.

Two minutes later I found it after typing mac word 2011 horizontal scrolling with mouse into Google. The post is on the Apple Discussions board and titled “Topic : Magic Mouse – Disable horizontal scrolling ?” The solution is:

Run Terminal (in your Applications/Utilities folder)

Paste the following command into the Terminal window:

defaults write com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.mouse MouseHorizontalScroll -bool NO

Turn off your magic mouse with the power switch and wait until it disconnects

Turn your magic mouse back on

I have now banished horizontal scroll from my life and exhausted my last good reason to procrastinate right now.

  • tip

    This is easily available without hacking Terminal. System preferences > Trackpad > Allow horizontal scrolling (uncheck)

  • tip

    This is easily available without hacking Terminal. System preferences > Trackpad > Allow horizontal scrolling (uncheck)

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Not for this use case. I’m not using the trackpad – I’ve got a magic
      mouse attached via bluetooth to my laptop.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Not for this use case. I’m not using the trackpad – I’ve got a magic
      mouse attached via bluetooth to my laptop.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Not for this use case. I’m not using the trackpad – I’ve got a magic
      mouse attached via bluetooth to my laptop.

  • tip

    This is easily available without hacking Terminal. System preferences > Trackpad > Allow horizontal scrolling (uncheck)

  • http://sco.tt Scott Yates

    I’m in the last two days of editing the manuscript of my water book, so I can assure you that you have other good reasons to procrastinate!

    Like reading the comments on your blog!!!!

    Ahem.

    Back to looking for stray words that mysteriously have showed up in italics…

  • http://sco.tt Scott Yates

    I’m in the last two days of editing the manuscript of my water book, so I can assure you that you have other good reasons to procrastinate!

    Like reading the comments on your blog!!!!

    Ahem.

    Back to looking for stray words that mysteriously have showed up in italics…

  • exMBB

    THe BEST solution: Buy the magic trackpad :)

  • exMBB

    THe BEST solution: Buy the magic trackpad :)

  • http://twitter.com/emptywindow Eric Adler

    play with http://magicprefs.com/
    you can allow two-finger horizontal scroll in word, but no one finger horiz scroll.
    nice program, but still feels beta.

    • Nick Harris

      I love Magic Prefs – it makes my Magic Mouse usable.

    • Nick Harris

      I love Magic Prefs – it makes my Magic Mouse usable.

  • http://twitter.com/emptywindow Eric Adler

    play with http://magicprefs.com/
    you can allow two-finger horizontal scroll in word, but no one finger horiz scroll.
    nice program, but still feels beta.

  • http://pharmastrategyblog.com maverickny

    Ooh, that horizontal scrolling drives me insane in Powerpoint as well as Word on the Mac too, I wonder if that trick will work there too?

    Bingo, it works in PPT as well – bliss – and thank you, Brad!

  • http://pharmastrategyblog.com maverickny

    Ooh, that horizontal scrolling drives me insane in Powerpoint as well as Word on the Mac too, I wonder if that trick will work there too?

    Bingo, it works in PPT as well – bliss – and thank you, Brad!

  • Mattfargo

    This has been driving me crazy ever since I switched to Mac… This has to be the best Mac tip ever!

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