Enable Smooth Scrolling in Windows, IE, Chrome, Firefox, Opera

You may have noticed that whenever you scroll up or down any document or web page using the mouse, it gets scrolled 3 lines at a time. This is the default setting in Windows, as a result of which, when you scroll your Word documents or any web page in any browser, a single scroll wheel notch makes the page jump 3 lines.

Enable Smooth Scrolling

If you wish to changes this setting on your Windows system-wide, or in most major browsers like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Opera – natively or by taking third-party tool help, you can do it as follows:

Windows 8

Enable Smooth Scrolling

To change the scrolling settings system-wide on your Windows computer, open Control Panel > Mouse > Wheels tab. Here you can change the figure from 3, to 2 or even 1 if you wish. This will make any page or document to scroll 1 line at a time. If you change this setting, it would be changed system-wide, ie. for your documents as well as browsers.

This may not make the scrolling smoother, but because it is scrolled 1 line at a time, it gives you more control and appears to be smoother.

But if you wish to change it only for your web browsers, and keep the default Windows setting as it is, you can do the following in Internet Explorer, Chrome, Opera and Firefox.

Internet Explorer

Open Internet Options. Under Advanced, you will an option to Use Smooth scrolling, under the Browsing section. Select the check box and click Apply. You can even use our Ultimate Windows Tweaker to change this setting in a click.

Chrome

Chrome used to offer a flag that let you enable smooth scrolling, but Google appears to have discontinued it. You can now use the Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller add-on to achieve this.

Firefox

Firefox users can use the Yet Another Smooth Scrolling extension. It makes the mouse scrolling experience smoother and also support keyboard scrolling. It even lets you customize your smooth scrolling behavior, in terms of step size, smoothness and acceleration sensitivity.

Opera

Opera too like Chrome, offered a flag that let you enable smooth scrolling, but I could not find it now – I guess they too must have discontinued it. Classic Scroll add-on will offer you a smooth scrolling experience.  The Modern Scroll add-on will let you customize your scrolling experience.

Feedback and observations about these browser extensions is most welcome.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.

13 Comments

  1. www.itfreelancing.net

    Hi Anand,

    That’s certainly a great tip, and never thought that we can control scrolling parameter. Sometimes its really frustrating when you can’t control how much your document scroll. I’m certainly going to use windows setting to control it, as I’m already using numerous addons and extensions on my browsers and using another addon will sacrifice browser speed.

  2. Virtus

    Why did Google removed this option from Chrome? It was working so great, and now it’s hard keeping track of what I read…

  3. sidspacewalker

    It wasn’t working great unless you were on Linux. I think you can still activate it on that platform, just not on Windows.

  4. Bagelmakers

    Yeah. If you search for smooth scrolling in chrome://flags it can still be enabled but only on Linux

  5. okibarcz

    Yeah, but still when I moving page in IE the scroll ain’t smooth…

  6. anonymous bastard

    Line jumping is not smooth scrolling. I have Windows 7, IE with the option for smooth scrolling enabled and it line jumps (scrolls lines, not pixels).
    Maybe Redmond is too lazy?

  7. Steve bjobs

    The bad thing about setting it to scroll one line is that the scrolling in the expöorer gets useless slow !

  8. Android Developer

    This doesn’t work on Windows 10 anymore. It scrolls entire pages on both IE and Android-Studio, even though this setting is set this way.
    How come?

  9. Chromium extension works fine.

  10. Brendan Vine

    download and install Microsoft mouse and keyboard center from their website formerly known as intellapoint and it will smooth out any setup

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42510

  11. Michael Braecklein

    We are running Windows 10 and using IE with it. When in Gmail and you try to scroll we have one computer that you scroll like 3 or 4 times and it might move once. I checked that it is not the mouse or drivers. Any ideas. Email me please at mbraecklein@yesco.com

  12. Sid

    This didn’t work for me, and I use a Microsoft Mouse.

  13. Werner

    When you use the touch screen, Windows 10 is really smooth while scrolling. It would be just a matter of using the same technology with any mouse. I am using a Magic Mouse (yes, from apple) and it works fine although I just would expect it to work the same way it does with MAC OS, which is the same sensation as you were using the smoothness of a touch screen device. Actually, Microsoft should have a mouse with sensitive touch on it to use smooth scrolling.

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