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How to Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows in Windows 10

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Windows 10 includes a built-in feature to let you scroll inactive windows by just hovering over them with the pointer without your currently active window losing focus.

This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off scroll inactive windows when hovering over them for your account in Windows 10.


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





Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Devices icon.

2. Click/tap on Mouse on the left side, and turn on (default) or off Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them under Mouse on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows in Windows 10
To Turn On or Off Scroll Inactive Windows using a REG file

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The .reg files below make changes to the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

MouseWheelRouting DWORD

0 = off
2 = on


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


 2. To Turn On Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them

NOTE: 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

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 3. To Turn Off Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them

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

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

7. 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