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Thinkpad Tip: Using Trackpoint like a 3-button Mouse

By default, the middle button on my Thinkpad’s  Trackpoint is set to a proprietary scroll mode.  This proprietary scroll mode doesn’t work in many applications (although sometimes changing config files can fix that), but the real problem is that I need the Trackpoint to act like a three button mouse.

For example, in CoCreate PE, I need all three buttons to easily manipulate the model: Ctrl+Right mouse button pans, Ctrl+Left zooms, and Ctrl+Middle rotates.

At least in Windows Vista, the Trackpoint configuration page  is not a model of clarity, but after some googling and playing around, I’ve found two configurations that make the  center Trackpoint button work like the middle button of a 3-button mouse.

The TrackPoint setup is a page on the Mouse Control Panel applet.

Trackpoint Setup

Trackpoint Setup

The first configuration is to select Neither for the Choose Scrolling or Magnifying Glass Functions.  Then the middle Trackpoint button works like a middle mouse button, but there is no extra scroll mode.

The second configuration is to select Scrolling for the Choose Scrolling or Magnifying Glass Functions, then press the Settings button, and select Smooth for the Scrollling Type. This is my favorite, since I can use the center button  both as a third button, and also to scroll horizontally and vertically.

Center Button settings

Center Button settings


1 Tommy Santerre { 07.12.12 at 3:42 am }

Do you know if we can obtain the same behavior in windows 7. Right now the controlling method section of that dialog box doesn’t exist.

2 Tony { 07.13.12 at 2:12 pm }

I’m currently running Win7-64 on my X61t, and it works the same way as it did in Vista — I just verified using Alibre Design. Some thoughts:
1. Check your drivers — for example, is the Trackpoint driver the most recent?
2. You may not need to set the Controlling Method.
3. Try my first method (choosing Neither for Scolling or Magnifying).

3 Tommy Santerre { 01.19.13 at 4:23 pm }

I have found a solution that works fine for me. I use a utility called MScroll which allow you to hold the middle click button and scroll using the Trackpoint.

4 Tony { 01.22.13 at 9:14 am }

Thanks for the feedback!

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