Devices Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off scroll inactive windows when hovering over them for your account in Windows 11.

Windows includes a built-in feature to let you scroll inactive windows by just hovering over them with the mouse pointer without your currently active window losing focus.


Contents

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows in Settings
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows using REG file




Option One

Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Bluetooth & devices on the left side, and click/tap on Mouse on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Mouse_scroll_inactive_windows_Settings-1.png

3 Turn On (default) or Off Scroll inactive windows when hovering over them for what you want. (see screenshot below)

Mouse_scroll_inactive_windows_Settings-2.png

4 You can now close settings if you like.




Option Two

Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows using REG file


1 Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.

2 Turn On Scroll Inactive Windows

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_On_scroll_inactive_windows.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"MouseWheelRouting"=dword:00000002

3 Turn Off Scroll Inactive Windows

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Turn_Off_scroll_inactive_windows.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]
"MouseWheelRouting"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 Either sign out and sign in or restart the computer to apply.

8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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