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FreeWheel by Jim Barry
 
Posted 8 years ago on 2/12/2011
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Summary:
A cuddly tray icon which makes all your apps work with the IntelliMouse scrolling wheel. Two modes of operation are supported. Also, FreeWheel allows you to switch between documents by holding down the control and shift keys while moving the mouse wheel. FreeWheel is free, so dont delay - try it today. You might like it! Requires Microsoft IntelliMouse or equivalent.

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If you're using an MS IntelliMouse (the one with the IntelliPoint mouse wheel for scrolling), FreeWheel just expanded your horizons. The IntelliPoint wheel lets you scroll in any direction in an application of document that supports the function -- and FreeWheel will simulate that capability to the programs than don't support IntelliPoint. Neat, huh?

  • Title: FreeWheel
  • Version: 2.4
  • Author: Jim Barry
  • Website: Unknown (last known home page was http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/2060)
  • License: FreeWare
  • OS: Windows (all including 2000, XP, Vista, and Win 7 -- 64bit too)
  • Last Updated: 1999
  • Known to work with: Paradox for Windows, VB, and FrameMaker.

FreeWheel comes with non-threatening defaults, but if you're worried about IntelliPoint type conflicts with any of your programs, you can choose an exclusion list. Basically, Freewheel adds functions to any programs you want, and by default, it'll cover the works. But you decide. Setup under the Properties context menu lets you tweak exactly how FreeWheel works, and an icon can be placed in the system tray for quick properties changes or exit. And, it's free too. Such a deal. So it's completely functional, no nag screens.

Here is the tray icon (shown on Windows 7 64bit):

Free Wheel in Windows 7 64bit.

The FreeWheel application provides mouse wheel support for applications which do not directly support the IntelliPoint mouse wheel. It displays a tray icon, which you can hide if you dislike clutter in your tray.

FreeWheel supports the 'default' mode of operation, where rotating the wheel causes the active ('focus') window to scroll, and an alternative mode where the window directly underneath the mouse pointer is scrolled (this is the one I prefer). Note that only windows within the active application can be scrolled. You can switch between documents in an application by holding down Ctrl+Shift while rotating the mouse wheel, and you can switch between applications by holding down Alt and rotating the wheel.

FreeWheel starts up initially with some sensible default settings. To customize the settings, double-click on its tray icon, or select 'Properties' from its context menu. You will be presented with a dialog containing several property pages.

The 'General' page reports information about your Windows version and the level of mouse wheel support that your system provides.

The 'Settings' page allows you to customise the way FreeWheel works. You can choose whether to scroll the focussed window or the window under the mouse pointer. You can enable alternate scrolling, where holding down Ctrl+Alt temporarily causes page scrolling if the default is line scrolling, and vice versa. You may also hide FreeWheel's tray icon.

The 'Switching' page allows to enable or disable FreeWheel's window switching features.

FreeWheel caters for the possibility of conflicts with applications that directly support the wheel by allowing you to specify a list of applications. FreeWheel can either include or exclude applications which appear in this list. The 'Compatibility' page allows you to disable FreeWheel's scrolling support in selected applications. Alternatively you can disable FreeWheel for all applications except those that you specify.

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Mike Prestwood is a drummer, an author, and creator of the PrestwoodBoards online community. He is the President & CEO of Prestwood IT Solutions. Prestwood IT provides Coding, Website, and Computer Tech services. Mike has authored 6 computer books and over 1,200 articles. As a drummer, he maintains play-drums.com and has authored 3 drum books. If you have a project you wish to discuss with Mike, you can send him a private message through his PrestwoodBoards home page or call him 9AM to 4PM PST at 916-726-5675 x205.

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