Bug 38164 - Allow scrolling through Slides by Mouse wheel
Summary: Allow scrolling through Slides by Mouse wheel
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Impress (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: VOTE
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Blocks: Impress-UX
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Reported: 2011-06-10 10:16 UTC by Timur
Modified: 2024-02-15 07:33 UTC (History)
13 users (show)

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Description Timur 2011-06-10 10:16:59 UTC
I assume we need to open again issues from OO bugzilla. So I'd like to open a
bug for an option to scroll mousewheel to change slides in Impress when editing and slide is fully shown in the window. Request is originally available at

There is a lengthy discussion there, starting with something like: It would be nice to have an option to change the page, a la pageup/pagedown, when scrolling with the mouse wheel in impress. Right now, it scrolls the slide in the OO window.
Comment 1 Björn Michaelsen 2011-12-23 12:26:28 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 2 Timur 2011-12-24 09:52:00 UTC
The same issue on a new address: https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=10931
Comment 3 barongearmu 2012-01-10 12:05:42 UTC
Same behavior in 3.5.0 beta 2.
Comment 4 Thorsten Behrens (allotropia) 2013-04-23 08:22:22 UTC
Hmm. So ppt does something like that, though not sure it is entirely nice - trades in control when zooming into single slides over scrolling through the deck. Samuel, would you want to bring this issue to ux-advise for some UX scrutiny?
Comment 5 Samuel Mehrbrodt (allotropia) 2013-04-23 12:36:17 UTC
(In reply to comment #4)
> Samuel, would you want to bring this issue to ux-advise for some UX
> scrutiny?

I just did. I will report back here when a decision has been made.
Comment 6 Timur 2013-06-26 15:13:00 UTC Comment hidden (no-value)
Comment 7 Timur 2014-05-07 16:23:56 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 8 Bob 2016-02-18 14:14:50 UTC
Extremely frustrating and time-consuming.  Why did you remove a feature which was so useful?
Comment 9 samtuke 2017-07-10 13:03:40 UTC
I'm also missing this usability feature and hope to see it implemented.
Comment 10 Heiko Tietze 2018-06-13 19:50:15 UTC
We should change the current just wheel action to alt+wheel and introduce an option where users can decide

( ) Next/previous slide
(o) Scroll within current slide

Likely an easyhack.
Comment 11 ustrendingnews 2021-05-16 07:39:16 UTC Comment hidden (spam)
Comment 12 Eyal Rozenberg 2021-06-15 09:04:53 UTC
So, there seems to be an agreement on having the mouse wheel scroll between slides rather than up and down; and the last comment was from 3 years ago, and got no objections. So, perhaps it's time for traction on this?

I will make a potential alternative suggestion though; not sure if it's better: Mousewheel scrolls slides for zoom levels where the entire slide is in view, and scrolls the viewport on higher zoom levels. This sacrifices behavior consistency in favor of "hitting two birds with one stone", catering to each interest in scrolling when it is more relevant. Again, I'm not sure this is the better option, but something to consider.
Comment 13 rik 2022-09-26 14:22:51 UTC
I'd like to express my support for this feature enhancement + add to it.
At the moment, using the scroll wheel is possible to scroll to the next or previous slide, when the slide is extremely zoomed out (for me something like 40%). Then scrolling results in "next slide" or "previous slide". For smaller zooms, scrolling results in going up/down on the same slide. 
My feature request is this: to put in the settings an option to set at which level you want the scrolling to switch from vertical scrolling on the same slide to scrolling to the next/previous slide. 
This way, 
- people who want to keep it as current can set the % to 40% (meaning it will switch at the current zoom level of 40%)
- people who want always vertical scrolling on the same slide, regardless of zoom level can set it to 0% 
- people who always want scrolling to mean scroll to the next/previous slide can set the % at 3000% (1% higher than the maximum amount of zoom possible in Impress)
- people who the switch to occur precisely when the slide is full-screen, as in MS Powerpoint, can set it to that %)
Comment 14 Tex2002ans 2024-02-14 22:02:14 UTC
(In reply to Eyal Rozenberg from comment #12)
> I will make a potential alternative suggestion though; [...] Mousewheel scrolls slides for zoom levels where the entire slide is in view, and scrolls the viewport on higher zoom levels.

Yep. Full agree there.

That's how it works in SumatraPDF (and many other PDF readers), and it works great:

- If entire page/slide fits on screen...
   - Mouse wheel jumps to previous/next page.
- If entire page/slide doesn't fit on screen...
   - Mouse wheel moves and scrolls the slide up/down.

- - - - - -

I just tested Powerpoint 365 (2401, Build 17231.20194), and it:

- Does the above.

AND when it's zoomed in + reaches near the bottom of slide 1:

- Loads/Scrolls seamlessly into the next slide.
   - So it looks like it's one long page with a dashed line between slides 1+2.

That, also, seems like a fantastic solution/workflow.