Ok, I admit it.  I’m a creature of habit, and I don’t always adjust nicely to change.  I’m getting ready to do my first of the month recurring invoicing, and reviewing an Excel spreadsheet one of my vendors sent me.  As I try to navigate the spreadsheet in Excel with my arrow keys, I find that my arrow keys are scrolling the worksheet instead of moving cells. 

So a quick google came up with a simple solution: disable scroll lock.  The problem was this was the first thing I tried, and it didn’t work.  After the scroll lock suggestion, I found a few workarounds, including a post from my old friend Kevin

The problem is that I’ve never been a big fan of workarounds – I want to know the answer and solution to the problem.  As I was checking out a few of the hits where the scroll lock option wasn’t working for the original poster (including Kevin’s post), I quickly identified a common thread:  Logitech keyboards.  And I’m using a Logitech MX3200 cordless desktop on this machine.

Within a few minutes I had the solution to the problem.  In order for the Scroll Lock key combination (FN + Pause/Break) on the Logitech keyboard to work, the Logitech SetPoint software must be running.  Once I fired up the application, it worked like a charm.  Close the app, and they key combination doesn’t work at all.

Here’s hoping this saves a little bit of someone else’s sanity . . .