I'd like to be able to scroll in the tree view without having to click in it. Is there a way to do this? I have once used a tool that generally gives focus to the window underneath the mouse cursor, but this caused some other glitches so I would like to achieve this without an extra tool. I also think that there are programs that embed the Windows Explorer and offer more features, including the behaviour I would like to have. But maybe a registry value change is all that is needed?


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I have installed WizMouse which allows scrolling in background/non-focus windows (as per standard Mac behaviour) which should solve the issue - and in my opinion should be default mouse behaviour anyway :)

To be clear, it doesn't need to grab the focus and bring the window to the front, just allows you to scroll in the background.

Hope that helps.

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    Works perfectly
    – fredley
    Commented Jan 18, 2011 at 13:08

In Windows 7 Control panel > "Ease of Access Centre" > "Make the mouse easier to use" there is an option to grab focus on hover, however, this will affect all windows, not just explorer.

  • +1 because I did not know about this. But will it work as good as WizMouse ?
    – Devid
    Commented May 19, 2014 at 22:47
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    Just tried it out. Well the problem is it brings the whole Windows to the front which is not very useful.
    – Devid
    Commented May 19, 2014 at 22:50

KatMouse works perfectly, rather than " Control panel > Ease of Access Centre > Make the mouse easier to use" which only focus the window you point, and don't make any scroll possibility at all in Explorer

  • Can you provide more information on KatMouse. Where do you get it from? how much does it cost (if anything)? Also please make it clear if you are affiliated with the product.
    – ChrisF
    Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 8:10
  • ehiti.de/katmouse seems to be the link and its mentioned on lifehacker. Also, not updated since 07.
    – Journeyman Geek
    Commented Oct 18, 2012 at 9:39

You can use F6 to move focus between the different sections of the current window, and I think Windows Explorer also accepts Tab for much the same function. This will probably require more than a single press though.

You might also want to have a look at the Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcut List, as that might be useful. Note that it does not provide a shortcut to give focus to the folder tree, so we can probably assume that there isn't one built in.

  • Thanks, TAB works unless you're dragging a file over to the tree..
    – none
    Commented Aug 27, 2010 at 13:15
  • @none In case yu're not aware; when you're dragging a file you can hold to at the top or bottom of the folder list to make the list scroll. It's no where near as fast as using the wheel though...
    – DMA57361
    Commented Aug 27, 2010 at 13:21

For scrolling between panes (not between active/inactive windows) just use this app called FlashWheel. Has no UI, runs as a hidden app. To close it, terminate it from Task Manager. This fixes what you want and ONLY that, no other settings or boxes to tick.

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