How to mouse scroll on a laptop

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How to mouse scroll on a laptop
The laptop computer touch pad can be used to scroll on the screen. (laptop pc image by Albo from

Laptop computers are equipped with a touch pad or scroll pad so you can scroll on screen and navigate a page. This helps you view information that is too large to be visible on the screen all at once. The touch pad is a little different from the standard mouse on desktop computers, which have a scroll bar or wheel on the mouse to scroll on the page. Since the touch pad on a laptop is a little different from desktop mice, you may need to familiarise yourself with how to mouse scroll with your laptop.

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  1. 1

    Find the scroll bar, which is located on one side of the laptop screen. You will use this tool to scroll the page. Position your index finger on the midpoint of the computer's touch pad and move the mouse cursor directly on the scroll bar.

  2. 2

    Press the mouse pad's left button using your index finger and leave it there.

  3. 3

    Move your middle finger up or down the touch pad while your index finger is holding the left button, to slide the scroll bar. The direction you move your finger on the touch pad, will depend on which section of the screen you wish to view. If you slide your finger up, the page will move up, and if you move your finger down on the mouse pad, the scroll bar will move the page down. Keep moving the scroll bar until you have reached the desired section of the screen. You can also use the scroll bar to move the page from left to right if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • An alternate way to screen scrolling is using the four arrow keys to move up, down, left or right.

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