The plane that I'm modeling is at the bottom of the screen. I would like it at the top. How do I do this? The scroll wheel makes the view go in circles; I just want that plane part that I'm working on in the middle of my screen.
Hold Shift+ MMB and drag. For more info click here
Generally, you can key Shift + MMB and move your mouse around. This is called panning. However, some people do not have a 3 button mouse, and cannot utilize the MMB button. If this is the case for you, go to File > User Preferences > Input tab > Mouse: header and check Emulate 3 Button Mouse. This allows you to use Shift + Alt + LMB to pan.
Note the following:
- MMB or Alt + LMB to rotate.
- MW to scroll in and out.
To learn more about Blender's navigation tools, and as a great place to start with Blender as a whole, refer to CGCookie's Introduction to Blender.