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I am getting progressively worse hand pain from using the mousewheel. I have two questions:

1) How can I disable the mousewheel? I realize tape, glue, pointy spikes poking up could work, but is there a less drastic software solution?

2) On windows you can hold a button then scroll using the mouse to drag the window. This seems it could be a better option.

Update: I have resorted to tape (1) and found the gpointing-device-settings tools (2) from this answer: MouseImp alternative on Linux (drag and scroll)?

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To disable the mouse wheel, type xinput into the Terminal and find the device name of your mouse (mine was "Logitech Unifying Device. Wireless PID:101b").

You can test this by typing xinput --disable "Your Mouse Name" and checking whether the mouse responds. To reenable the mouse, type xinput --enable "Your Mouse Name".

Type xinput set-button-map "Your Mouse Name" 1 0 3 0 0 6 7 8 9

Replacing 2, 4, and 5 with zeroes will disable middle click and scroll up/down, respectively.

You can add this to Startup Applications.

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  • that works - thanks rob! i had actually looked at this earlier but didn't figure out the button numbers (by looking at xev). however it also disables the gpointing override (2). – Tom Carchrae Dec 31 '14 at 6:13

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