You know that scroll wheel on your mouse? It’s pretty handy to have when you’re navigating around documents quickly and whatnot. But did you know that there is a lot more that you can use it for other than just scrolling?
An awesome freeware utility called Volumouse will breathe new life into your scroll wheel. As seen in the screenshot above you can configure different uses of the scroll wheel based upon certain criteria. For example, when Windows Media Center or iTunes is focused you can have the scroll wheel adjust the volume levels rather than actually scroll. Alternatively you can have Volumouse adjust the screen brightness or window transparency instead of just the volume.
To make things a little nicer Volumouse will also show a visual indicator whenever you are adjusting one of the various components using your scroll wheel. Features like this can all be configured on a per-rule basis by clicking on the “More” button located at the end of each row.
When it comes down to it this is a pretty incredible app, and I’m left wondering whether there is any other values this could be useful for adjusting? They do have a handful of plugins available on the Volumouse homepage, one of which will let you resize windows using the mouse wheel. Are there any other things you can think of that you would like to change using the scroll wheel?
Note: Volumouse has a version available that doesn’t require installation, but it’s not portable since it uses the Windows Registry to store settings.