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Just installed Ubuntu 11.10. Been a while since I used any distro and I'm very impressed.

To be difficult, does anyone know how to enable the middle mouse button scroll option when browsing? I don't know if this is an OS level thing or browser config. option.

In Windows, you can usually click the mouse wheel to bring up a scroll icon when using browsers. This allows you to scroll by moving the mouse instead of the mousewheel.

I have RSI and find this method less taxing...

Thanks for any help!

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Firefox

You can use some firefox options to both disable the default action which is to paste on clicking the middle-mouse button and also to turn on auto-scrolling.

First - in the Firefox - Preferences - Advance settings ensure you have the following options checked:

  • Use Autoscrolling
  • Use Smooth scrolling

Then in the Awesome bar type about:config

Search for *autoscrolland double click *general.AutoScroll to change from "false" to "true"

Now search for middlemouse

  • middlemouse.contentLoadURL = false
  • middlemouse.openNewWindow = false
  • middlemouse.paste = false

Then restart firefox

When you middle click you should now see this symbol to scroll:

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