How to reverse Mouse and Touchpads scrolling direction in Windows 10

Mouse and Touchpads not only make computing easy but more efficient and less time-consuming. We cannot imagine a life without these devices, but still, it is a fact that you cannot customize these devices much. All touchpads and mice come with a default scrolling direction, and this post is all about how to reverse it.

Everybody has a different choice when it comes to the scrolling directions. You might like the page being scrolled in the same direction in which you move your fingers over the touchpad. Or you may like it in an inverted way. Reversing the scroll direction for your laptop’s touchpad is quite easy as Windows by default offers this customization. If you are looking to reverse the scrolling direction of your mouse, then you will have to follow a tricky little procedure mentioned in this post.

Reverse scrolling direction of a Touchpad

Reverse scrolling direction of a Touchpad mouse

Touchpads are generally more customizable, and that is quite evident from the number of settings they are available with. You can configure everything including gestures, taps, sensitivity and even the scrolling direction. To reverse existing scrolling direction, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings (Win + I) and then go to Devices.
  2. Now select Touchpad from the left menu.
  3. Find a setting called Scrolling Direction.
  4. Click on the drop-down and select the desired setting. For same direction scrolling, select Downwards motion scrolls down. Or select the other one for the opposite result.

The settings will be applied instantly, and you will be able to recognize the change. It is quite simple to change scrolling settings for a touchpad, but it is not the case for mice.

Reverse scrolling direction for a Mouse

As mentioned, these steps are a little complex and involve modifying the registry. Do not forget to create a backup of the registry in case anything goes wrong.

Search for Device Manager in Start.

Once opened, locate your Mouse under Mice and other pointing devices. It is usually named as HID-compliant mouse.

Right-click the device and click on Properties.

Go to the Details tab and select Device Instance Path in Property drop-down menu.

Make a note of the value displayed under the value field.

Open Registry Manager and go to location:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID

Under this folder start matching the values the first part of the value you noted in step 5. Open the folder which has the same value.

Now repeat this for second part of the value. Now you have arrived at your desired device.

Click on Device Parameters and find a property called FlipFlopWheel. To reverse the scrolling direction, invert its value from 0 to 1 or 1 to 0.

Restart your computer for changes to take place.

After restarting your computer, you will be able to see the changes in place. The scrolling direction for a particular mouse would be reversed. You can change the value back to its original value or use the registry backup to undo the changes. If you are stuck, try following the steps again and do note down the crucial information from step number 5.

This is how to change scrolling direction for touchpad and mouse on Windows 10. Quite simple for a touchpad, but a little tricky for the Mouse.

Do share your views or problems in the comments section below.

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Lavish loves to follow up on the latest happenings in technology. He loves to try out new Windows-based software and gadgets and is currently learning JAVA. He loves to develop new software for Windows. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software is always recommended, he feels.

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