Microsoft introduced in Windows 10 one of the most controversial features of Windows 10, idle window scrolling. Before this feature was introduced, you had to select a window to activate it, and only then could you scroll through the content.

However, with this feature enabled, you can scroll through the content even without activating the window with the mouse wheel. You just need to hover your mouse over the window, then scroll through its contents with the mouse wheel.

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This feature may seem convenient (especially on setups with multiple monitors), but it isn’t for everyone. Many Windows users have encountered an issue with accidental scrolls. Hence, they want to disable this feature because it is enabled by default in Windows 10.

Disable scrolling inactive windows in Windows 10

There are two methods to disable scrolling for inactive windows in Windows 10. They are:

  • Disable scrolling for inactive windows from Windows 10 settings.
  • Disable scrolling for inactive windows from the registry editor.

Disable scrolling inactive windows from Windows 10 settings

  • Open them Windows 10 settings with the keyboard shortcut Windows + I.
  • In the window Settings, click on Peripheral devices.
  • Click on the tab Mouse.
  • Use the switch to disable the option Scroll through inactive windows when I point them with the mouse.

The scrolling functionality of inactive windows is then deactivated.

Disable scrolling for inactive windows from the registry editor

You can also edit the Windows 10 registry to disable scrolling inactive windows in Windows 10.

  • To do this, run theRegistry Editor (regedit) by searching for it in the start menu and go to the following location:
OrdinateurHKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop
  • Search now MouseWheelRouting, double click on it to open it, change the data from the value (default 2) to , and click okay.
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The scrolling functionality of inactive windows is then deactivated.

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