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Automatic Scrolling

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Automatic Scrolling.

Mice in the PC world have, for some time now, been designed with a special little wheel or lever between the two buttons. The purpose of the wheel or lever is to scroll quickly through a long document. If you do not have such a mouse you can still get the benefits of automatic scrolling through an undocumented Word command. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Choose the Customize option from the Tools menu. Word displays the Customize dialog box.
  2. Click on the Commands tab. A list of Word commands appears.
  3. In the left side of the dialog box, select the All Commands option.
  4. In the right side of the dialog box, select the AutoScroll option.
  5. Drag the AutoScroll option to some place on one of your toolbars. When you release the mouse button, a button named Auto Scroll should appear on the toolbar.
  6. Click on Close to close the Customize dialog box.

To use your new command, simply click on the new toolbar button. When you do, the vertical scroll bar at the right side of your screen changes. A new double arrow appears in it. As you move the arrow up and down along the scroll bar, you control how fast the document scrolls either up or down. To exit the scrolling mode, you can either press the Esc key or click the mouse button.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1168) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Automatic Scrolling.

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Comments for this tip:

arthur thompson    26 Nov 2012, 21:17
What I want to do with word is to set up a moniter screen at the stage for my band to see the lyrics I need them to scroll at a speed that would play along with the music I have heard that power point will do this but I don"t know much about power point can you help me with this many thanks if you know how to do this
Vickie    09 Oct 2012, 11:08
But this only tells me how to make a button to use auto scroll myself. My laptop does it automatically and I can't stop it. That's my problem.
sreenu garapati    08 Oct 2012, 12:55
good support and informative
Vickie    07 Oct 2012, 18:12
I'm trying to figure out how to turn off the auto scrolling that is built into our Toshiba laptop built-in mouse. It just takes off without any prompting. It drives me CRAZY!!!

HELP!!! Thanks.

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