Thomas’ Developer Blog

April 15, 2008

Strange Google Easter Egg w/ Touch Pad

Filed under: Browsers — Tags: , , , , , — sanzon @ 5:08 pm

Ever been to a site that uses flash to produce a full screen video effect?

Often developers will enter code to disable the user’s scrolling effects on the touch pad.  Now this is a very string thing I’ve been noticing for the last few months, but just sort of shurgged off.

Here’s what you do: go to a site like and watch a video in full screen in IE7 with a notebook with scrolling abilities on a touchpad.  You’ll notice that when you try to scroll on your touch pad, it will no longer work.

This is very strange, but if you go to google’s search and type in “touch pad” exactly as typed there with the sapce.  It’ll bring back functionaility to your touch pad!  I tried this several times, and it works perfectly each time.  I have a feeling that google’s developers where playing around with youtube at one time, which used to do the same thing with disabling scrolling, and had entered some code into the search engine to bring back scrolling.

That or some how one of the results just happens to bring back functionality again.  Either way it’s a strange solution to the problem, but it works… I’m almost curious enough to start pooking around at google’s client side code.



  1. That is totally weird. I’ve always gotten scrolling abilities back by locking the screen (Win-L) and then unlocking it. Somehow that gets it back too. But a Google search to get it back? That’s just odd. Good find, though. :)

    Comment by Dylan Bennett — April 23, 2008 @ 7:13 am

  2. Yeah I find it really, but I also found it it works on my site’s search too, so it might be an internet explore thing in general.

    Makes me wonder what other kind of code these guys are sneaking in. lol

    Comment by sanzon — April 23, 2008 @ 5:29 pm

  3. It is definitely not Internet Explorer, because I never even tried it in IE. I used Firefox. I also tried other queries and they didn’t fix it, but “touch pad” (two words) did fix it. Even tried “touchpad” and that didn’t work.

    Comment by Dylan Bennett — April 24, 2008 @ 9:08 pm

  4. Wow! Thanks for this! I was getting so annoyed with this. Again, I was using Firefox, and fullscreening any flash (usually video) would bust the touch pad scrolling ability… I makes you go crazy! ;)

    Comment by Anonymous — August 25, 2008 @ 11:55 pm

  5. Yea, I actually found out why this was happening a few weeks ago. Sadly it’s not a google glitch. In fact it’s just a common reaction to using the space bar.

    Whenever you use the space bar it will kick in scroll mode. If you have ever noticed that when you press space on a website outside of a form it will automatically scroll.

    In general just press space!!! lol it’s as easy as that.

    Comment by sanzon — August 28, 2008 @ 3:49 am

  6. WHAT?!?!?! xo Do you know how long I’ve been searching for that! Space bar. LOL. Jeez. Finally I can return to Youtube without living in fear. Thanks Dude!

    Comment by Anonymous — September 23, 2008 @ 2:42 am

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