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A new use for the mouse wheel in Office 2007 and 2010

Use your mouse wheel to browse through the tabs on the Office 2007 and 2010 ribbons.

I don't use my mouse wheel much. I zoom in on specific areas of the screen (hold down the [Ctrl] key) or move a document up and down, but that's the extent of my mouse wheel usage. If you're using Office 2007 or Office 2010, there's a new mouse wheel trick—you can move through the tabs:

  • Roll the wheel back to browse to the right.
  • Roll the wheel forward to browse to the left.
Hover the mouse over the ribbon or tabs. Then, roll slowly to get the best effect. At first, I thought, Big deal… but it only takes a few times to become accustom to it—this new behavior grows on you. It's an almost no-effort way to take a quick peek at the options on each tab. I use it when I'm looking for something. It's seems more efficient than clicking each tab. Neither the Office button in 2007 nor the File tab in 2010 is in the cycle. You must click those to access those features and options.

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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