A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture for causing a computer to directly scroll the contents of window in any direction. The window could be a folder, document, or any container for retaining information. The contents of the window are too large to be simultaneously displayed on the display screen. The method includes the first step of moving a visible view indicator of a scrolling mechanism in a direction consistent with movement of a pointer means in response to the pointer means being positioned and activated over the visible view indicator using user controls. The second step includes the step of scrolling the contents of the window on the display screen in a direction substantially opposite to the movement of the pointer means and the visible view indicator.