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cannot disable mousewheel desktop change


Description Georg Lippold 2005-05-12 09:05:09 CEST
I would like to know what I have to insert into
~/.config/xfce4/mcs_settings/desktop.xml to disable the mouse wheel desktop
change. Reason: I have a Notebook with a synaptics touchpad with a scroll-area
on the right side. I happens sometimes when I move the mouse on the desktop,
that the scrolling starts accidentially. I would like to turn desktop switching
with the mouse off. There is no menu item in the Settings Manager for the
Desktop Settings to turn it on or off and in the documentation are no hints how
to do this in the configuration files by hand.

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
on an empty desktop turn the mouse wheel. try not to switch the desktop.

My current desktop.xml has this content:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE mcs-option SYSTEM "mcs-option.dtd">

        <option name="brightness_0_0" type="int" value="-48"/>
        <option name="color1_0_0" type="color" value="            7936,        
  16128,           28416,           65535"/>
        <option name="color2_0_0" type="color" value="           26880,        
  34048,           46848,           65535"/>
        <option name="colorstyle_0_0" type="int" value="1"/>
        <option name="imagepath_0_0" type="string" value="/home/lippold/       
        <option name="imagestyle_0_0" type="int" value="3"/>
        <option name="showdm" type="int" value="1"/>
        <option name="showdmi" type="int" value="1"/>
        <option name="showimage_0_0" type="int" value="1"/>
        <option name="showwl" type="int" value="1"/>
        <option name="showwli" type="int" value="1"/>
Comment 1 Jasper Huijsmans editbugs 2005-05-12 13:56:32 CEST
Hmm, is xfwm doing the scrolling now? Can't remember exactly...
Comment 2 Brian J. Tarricone (not reading bugmail) 2005-05-12 17:31:26 CEST
Yeah, xfwm4 does the scrolling.  Olivier, is there a hidden pref for this?  I
don't see it in the 4.2 docs on the website.
Comment 3 Olivier Fourdan editbugs 2005-05-13 19:54:03 CEST
It "scroll_workspaces" (boolean) to set in $HOME/.config/xfce4/xfwm4/xfwm4rc

I'll try to add it to the docs.
Comment 4 Georg Lippold 2005-05-20 08:56:47 CEST
(In reply to comment #3)
> It "scroll_workspaces" (boolean) to set in $HOME/.config/xfce4/xfwm4/xfwm4rc
> I'll try to add it to the docs.

could you please post an example xfwm4rc? I didn't have that file and creating
it with the only string scroll_workspace=false or <option="scroll_workspace"
type="boolean" value="false"/> doesn't work for me
Comment 5 Olivier Fourdan editbugs 2005-05-20 20:40:38 CEST
You mispelled the keyword, that's why it didn't work for you.

It's "scroll_workspaces" (you forgot the trailing "s")

$ cat $HOME/.config/xfce4/xfwm4
Comment 6 Georg Lippold 2005-10-20 12:17:46 CEST
Is there also a Setting for the minimal workspace display (pager) in the
taskbar? It also scrolls workspaces on mousewheel events, I would like to
disable this behaviour, too.
Comment 7 Brian J. Tarricone (not reading bugmail) 2005-10-20 16:32:53 CEST
No there isn't.  This is not the same bug, please open a new one if you want to
request a feature.
Comment 8 Olivier Fourdan editbugs 2005-10-20 18:27:41 CEST
BTW I don't think it's suitable either (just not everything has to be

I can imagine that one may slip and use the mouse wheel on the desktop while
trying to use it on a window, but I can hardly imagine that a user would move
the mouse pointer over the pager and use the mouse wheel, all that accidentally...
Comment 9 Georg Lippold 2005-10-20 18:59:10 CEST
Really? Happened to me a few times and is pretty annoying. I configured my
touchpad to have the scroll function on the right side (and on the bottom, but
that doesn't matter for this). When I have the mouse pointer on the center of
the screen and move it to the top _right_ corner to use the panel, I often
accidentially tap the wheel function of my scrollpad.
Comment 10 Brian J. Tarricone (not reading bugmail) 2005-11-26 07:44:06 CET
*** Bug 1242 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 11 Roc Vallès 2005-11-26 08:15:55 CET
It happened a lot to me and I had to ask in #xfce how to disable it. I think it
should be made into the preferences tools, because there seems to be many people
who want to disable this.
Comment 12 Olivier Fourdan editbugs 2005-11-26 08:25:36 CET
I plan to make a "tweak wm" MCS plugin in 4.4 so that all these options can be
changed with a gui, but not the same as the "regular" preference dialog (kinda
"power tweak" wm)

The infrastructure in xfwm4 is there, just missing time to build the gui....

Bug #948

Reported by:
Georg Lippold
Reported on: 2005-05-12
Last modified on: 2009-07-14
Duplicates (1):
  • 1242 scroll wheel desktop changing behaviour should be optional


Olivier Fourdan
CC List:
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