Handling Mouse Scrolling

Adjust Scroll Sensitivity in SDL

Can I adjust the sensitivity of mouse scroll input in SDL?

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Yes, you can adjust the sensitivity of mouse scroll input in SDL. This can be done by applying a scaling factor to the scroll amount reported by SDL events.

Adjusting the sensitivity allows you to control how much a scroll wheel movement affects your application. Here’s an example:

#include <SDL.h>
#include <iostream>

int main(int argc, char* argv[]) {
  SDL_Init(SDL_INIT_VIDEO);
  SDL_Window* window = SDL_CreateWindow(
    "Scroll Sensitivity Example",
    SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED,
    SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED,
    800, 600,
    SDL_WINDOW_SHOWN
  );

  SDL_Event event;
  bool running = true;
  float scrollPosition = 0.0f;
  float sensitivity = 2.0f; 

  while (running) {
    while (SDL_PollEvent(&event)) {
      if (event.type == SDL_MOUSEWHEEL) {
        scrollPosition += (
          event.wheel.y * sensitivity); 
        std::cout << "Scroll position: "
          << scrollPosition << '\n';
      }
      if (event.type == SDL_QUIT) {
        running = false;
      }
    }
  }

  SDL_DestroyWindow(window);
  SDL_Quit();
  return 0;
}
Scroll position: 2.0
Scroll position: 4.0

We define a sensitivity factor that multiplies the scroll amount. Higher values of sensitivity result in larger changes for the same scroll input, making the scrolling more responsive.

Within the event loop, we adjust the scroll position by multiplying the scroll amount (event.wheel.y) by the sensitivity factor. This modifies the scroll input based on the defined sensitivity.

You can allow users to customize the sensitivity factor by providing a settings menu or configuration file where they can adjust the value. This enhances the user experience by allowing personalized control over the scroll sensitivity.

Here’s a more advanced example where the sensitivity factor can be adjusted dynamically:

#include <SDL.h>

#include <iostream>

void HandleScrollInput(
  SDL_MouseWheelEvent& wheel,
  float& scrollPosition,
  float sensitivity
) {
  scrollPosition += wheel.y * sensitivity;
  std::cout << "Scroll position: "
    << scrollPosition << '\n';  
}

int main(int argc, char* argv[]) {
  SDL_Init(SDL_INIT_VIDEO);
  SDL_Window* window = SDL_CreateWindow(
    "Scroll Sensitivity Example",
    SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED,
    SDL_WINDOWPOS_UNDEFINED,
    800, 600, SDL_WINDOW_SHOWN
  );

  SDL_Event event;
  bool running = true;
  float scrollPosition = 0.0f;
  float sensitivity = 2.0f;

  while (running) {
    while (SDL_PollEvent(&event)) {
      if (event.type == SDL_MOUSEWHEEL) {
        HandleScrollInput(
          event.wheel, scrollPosition, sensitivity);
      }
      if (event.type == SDL_KEYDOWN) {
        if (event.key.keysym.sym == SDLK_UP) {
          sensitivity += 0.1f;  
          std::cout << "Sensitivity increased to: "
            << sensitivity << '\n';
        } else if (event.key.keysym.sym == SDLK_DOWN) {
          sensitivity -= 0.1f;  
          std::cout << "Sensitivity decreased to: "
            << sensitivity << '\n';
        }
      }
      if (event.type == SDL_QUIT) {
        running = false;
      }
    }
  }

  SDL_DestroyWindow(window);
  SDL_Quit();
  return 0;
}
Scroll position: 2.0
Scroll position: 4.0
Sensitivity increased to: 2.1
Sensitivity decreased to: 2.0

By following these steps, you can adjust the sensitivity of mouse scroll input in SDL, providing a more responsive and customizable scrolling experience for users.

This Question is from the Lesson:

Handling Mouse Scrolling

Learn how to detect and handle mouse scroll wheel events in SDL2, including vertical and horizontal scrolling, as well as scroll wheel button events.

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This Question is from the Lesson:

Handling Mouse Scrolling

Learn how to detect and handle mouse scroll wheel events in SDL2, including vertical and horizontal scrolling, as well as scroll wheel button events.

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