I’ve written before regarding my disappointment that Lenovo removed the Nav Dial from the X200. In fact, I was secretly hoping they would improve upon the Nav Dial by making it a scroll wheel and placing on the side of the screen. The scroll function is something I love to do when in portrait mode, and I just have not gotten comfortable using pen-based scroll gestures – they don’t respond quick enough, can get laggy, and I sometimes accidentally select text. I prefer hardware-based buttons or wheel solutions.
While watching Monday Night Football last night and using the X200 to browse websites, I had an epiphany Ã¢â‚¬” why not reprogram two of the hardware buttons with scroll up / scroll down functions? I reprogrammed two buttons that I hardly ever use ( button lock and Tablet Shortcut Menu ) and now I have my scroll navigation function back!
Here is how I did it. By the way, these steps don’t just apply to the X200 Ã¢â‚¬” you should be able to do them for any tablet pc that have available buttons. These steps apply to Vista, but are also supported in XP, too:
- Go to Start, Control Panel, Tablet PC Settings
- Go to Buttons
- The default orientation is All Orientations, but you can customize each of the following choices for each orientation if you prefer ( ie, set a button to do something different in primary portrait vs primary landscape).
- Select Button Lock and press Change
- On the first drop down menu, select Scroll Up, and then press Ok
- Select Tablet Shortcut Menu and press Change
- On the first drop down menu, select Scroll Down, and then press Ok
- That’s it Ã¢â‚¬” now when browsing a website or a document, you can scroll up and down using hardware buttons!