Steps to disable inactive window scrolling in Windows 10

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December 18, 2015 Of Directors

Microsoft has come up with a brilliant feature this time around, which we think you may have come across while exploring Windows 10. This feature helps you scroll through inactive windows without focusing on them. This is done by simply placing the mouse cursor over the inactive window and scrolling through it, which leads to the opening of the previously used inactive window. For example, someone has to make a power point presentation by consulting a web page in Chrome. So, you need to open two windows, Chrome and PowerPoint. In Windows 7/8, only one window can be opened instantly. So users faced the difficulty of switching windows again and again. This problem has now been removed in Windows 10.

Now you can use the inactive window (which is Chrome here) by moving the cursor over the window on the taskbar and scrolling the mouse, the inactive window appears parallel to the current open window (which is Power Point here). With this, the user can insert notes directly from the web page into the ppt. If you have two windows in working mode side by side and are currently accessing a particular window (e.g. Power Point) to take notes, you will find this feature very useful, as you can now scroll directly to the other window without opening it.

While this is a great feature, some people may not like it and would like to disable it as it is enabled by default in the operating system.

Enable or disable window scrolling in Windows 10

You can enable / disable this feature simply by following the steps below:

1.) Go to Settings by pressing Windows + I keys at the same time. You can also do this by clicking Settings after pressing the Start button on the left side of your PC.
2.) Now open Devices (Bluetooth, printers, mouse).

3.) Under Devices, click Mouse e touch pad. The settings related to this will open where you can change them.
4.) There is a dialog box "Scroll through inactive windows when I pass over them". Disable it by marking it as OFF.

To enable it, you can activate it.

Alternative method

If you are having trouble finding the above options, you can also use this method. By tweaking the Registry Editor settings, you can get the job done.

You just have to follow the steps described below:

1.) Go to Registry Editor. You can access it by typing Regedit in the Start menu search box. A user account dialog box appears asking if you want to open Registry Editor or not. Confirm by pressing the YES button.

2.) Open the following navigation address in the left menu:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Control Panel -> Desktop

3.) Find MouseWheelRouting, which is a REG_DWORD type file available on the right hand side. If you can't find it, you can create it (DWORD (32 bit) value).

4.) Now, when you have found or created one, double click MouseWheelRouting entrance to open it.

5.) A dialog box titled “Edit DWORD (32 bit) value” will open. Change the value data to 2 if you want to enable the scrolling of the inactive window.

If you want to disable scrolling of the inactive window, enter the value 0.

6.) Click the OK button.
You are done with this.

This is a very powerful tool introduced by Microsoft, although it was introduced in Windows after decades, it can now be very useful to you. Otherwise it was necessary to add a third party to have this function.

Hope you found it useful for your knowledge in Windows 10.

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