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What in the world is the Scroll Lock used for?

by nutegunray13 / April 6, 2005 12:44 AM PDT

What in the world is the Scroll Lock used for? Does it warrant having the light on the keyboard anyway? What scrolling does it lock?

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Scroll Lock
by David Cutler / April 15, 2005 1:53 AM PDT

The scroll lock doesn't have a lot of use in modern software, with the possible exception of Microsoft Excel.

If you leave scroll lock off and use the arrow keys to move the cursor it moves from the cell its in to the next cell in the direction of the arrow. If the scroll lock is switched on, the cursor stays in the same cell when the arrow keys are pressed, but the actual sheet moves in the direction of the arrows.this way you can use the cursor to view other parts of the spreadsheet. Of course, the scroll bars do exactly the same thing!

-David C.

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RE: Scroll Lock Key
by TechnoBearDan / April 15, 2005 7:53 AM PDT

As has been said before, it doesn't do much these days except in Excell or a DOS box. You can get a Shortcut Key program and set it up to do whatever you want! I use PowerPro ( which, although can have a steep learning curve, does just about anything: toolbars, hotkeys, macros, alarms, custom menus; and all for FREE! It is constantly being updated and has its own forum for asking questions.

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An IM program uses it.
by strickjh2005 / April 15, 2005 8:11 AM PDT
In reply to: RE: Scroll Lock Key

X-fire (gaming simplified) uses the "scroll lock+X" when you are in a game to access the chat menu.

LOL its actually the first time I ever noticed it... When I first got the program I said "There is a scroll lock key? ***?"

As the other poster said, it is good for shortcuts becasue so few otehr programs use this.

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