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In Windows Vista, I have tried to set the setting 'the following number of lines at a time' to zero. I assumed my scroll wheel would not scroll anymore. But it still works.

I'm trying to disable the wheel because my RSI complaints worsen when using the scroll wheel often.

Does anyone have an idea on how to achieve this?

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Have you checked the related registry setting? In Registry Editor, go to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Desktop

and set WheelScrollLines = 0, then reboot your PC and check if it works.

If this doesn't work after reboot, or WheelScrollLines is reset to its previous value, then the problem may be the touchpad driver (I assume you are on a laptop) which may override the wheel settings for all mouse devices. To fix this, you should update the synaptics drivers.

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Nice one, The control panel kept resetting the scroll lines value. After setting the 'WheelScrollLines' value and a reboot my mouse scroll wheel no longer works. Woehoo! – mathijsuitmegen Jul 27 '10 at 6:41

You could use AutoHotKey!


Would tell both scrollings to do nothing at all. You'll have to place the .ahk file containing that into your startup folder, but this has the advantage of being an entirely software solution that can be easily disabled, and works per-user, so it won't inconvenience others if they ever use your PC.

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I like the ingenuity of this answer!!! Hope I will use it one time when Windows registry will not let me set the WheelScrollLines setting. – mathijsuitmegen Jul 27 '10 at 6:42
Awesome - Thank You So Much! This was quick and worked like a charm! – Adel May 15 '12 at 2:35

Just remove the wheel from the mouse. Should be the easiest way; dissecting a mouse takes five minutes or so.

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It's not my own mouse, I'd better not do that. – mathijsuitmegen Jul 27 '10 at 6:40
Actually, Phoshi's answer is faster(AutoHotKey) and no need to dispose/store the wheel. It may take some time to "relearn" in the fingers though. – Adel May 15 '12 at 2:38

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