People with large monitors or a multi-monitor setup normally have a lot of windows open on their desktop. In order to view information from different sources, we need to switch between different windows and scroll up and down through the information visible on them. If you are a Mac user, you can scroll the inactive windows without first bringing them into focus. Windows on the other hand, does not have this feature. If you want to scroll up, down, left or right, you have to first select the window and bring it to the front. This causes your currently focused window to get out of focus, which you might not want. That’s where Mouse Hunter comes to the rescue. It is a third-party tool that simply allows you to scroll the content of even those windows that are not in focus. Instead of clicking a window to bring it to focus, you just have to move your mouse pointer over it and viola! Moreover, it lets you scroll the windows horizontally using the same scroll button. Keep reading to find out more about Mouse Hunter.
Once installed, the app runs quietly in the system tray. Upon first start, the Settings window pops up, allowing you to specify the default application behavior. The options are divided into two sections: Main and Smart Mouse Wheel. The Main section deals with options like choosing to Start Mouse Hunter with Windows, Show Information Balloon on Start, Start Mouse Hunter as Disabled, and Write Log File. The log file can help with debugging or reporting any issues and clicking the Open button in front of the Write log file option, you can view its contents without having to navigate to the application folder.
The Smart Mouse Wheel section contains options to set the button behavior. The ‘No scroll is middle button’ option can be confusing at first glance, but it basically means that once enabled, a window cannot be scrolled if the middle mouse button is pressed. The next two options allow you to easily enable horizontal scrolling by using the scroll wheel in combination with the SHIFT or CONTROL keys, while the last two options let you do the same using the left or right click buttons of your mouse in combination with the scroll wheel. Once you have configured the options the way you want, click OK to save the settings and you are good to go!
Mouse Hunter works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.