How to reverse the scroll direction in Windows 10

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Scrollbars are ubiquitous in all types of computer and by default, rolling the mouse wheel down scrolls down a page or window and vice-versa. Windows 10, in particular, used to have a Settings option that you could use to configure the scrolling direction with. However, an update removed the Reverse scrolling direction setting. So how can we now configure the mouse wheel’s scroll direction in Windows 10?

Edit the Registry to Reverse Scrollbar Direction

Even if there’s no longer a Reverse scrolling direction option, you can still customize the mouse wheel’s scroll direction with a registry edit. For that, you’ll need the mouse VID ID which is listed in Device Manager.

  • First, open the Device Manager by pressing the Cortana button and entering ‘Device Manager.’
  • Select Device Manager to open the window directly below.

  • Select Mice and other pointing devices and double-click your mouse.
  • Click the Details tab, which includes the drop-down menu shown directly below.

  • Select Device instance path from the drop-down menu.
  • Right-click the value in the Value box and select Copy.
  • Press OK and close the Device Manager window.
  • Open Notepad and paste the VID ID in Notepad with the Ctrl + V hotkey.
  • Press the Win key + R to open Run. Enter ‘regedit’ in Run’s text box to open the Registry Editor.
  • Open this registry location: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID.

  • This is where the VID ID comes in handy. Click the key that matches the VID ID in Notepad.
  • Now you can select a Device Parameters key that has a FlipFlopWheel DWORD as shown below.

  • Next, double-click FlipFlopWheel to open an Edit DWORD window.

  • Enter ‘1’ in the Value data text box and press OK.
  • Close the Registry Editor window. (You’ll need to restart Windows for the changes to take effect.)
  • Click the Start button and roll your mouse wheel up. That will scroll the Start menu’s bar slider down. Roll the mouse wheel down to scroll back up the menu. The mouse wheel’s scroll direction is now reversed!
  • To revert back to the default setting, select the FlipFlopWheel DWORD in Registry Editor window and enter ‘0’ in the Value data box.

Set up an AutoHotkey Script

AutoHotkey is software that users can set up macro scripts with and with which you reverse scroll direction. This is freeware software you can add to Windows by pressing the Download button on the program’s website. Set up a reverse scroll direction script as follows:

  • Press the Cortana button and enter ‘Notepad’ in the search box. Select to open Notepad.
  • Now you can enter the script in Notepad. Copy (Ctrl + C) and paste (Ctrl + V) this script in Notepad:

Send {WheelDown}
Send {WheelUp}

  • Click File > Save as to open the Save as window and select All Files from the Save as type in ther drop-down menu.
  • Enter a file title for the script and make sure to include .ahk at the end of it. For example, you could save it as Scroll Direction Script.ahk.
  • Select to save the script to Desktop and press the Save button. That should add an AutoHotkey script icon to the desktop as shown below.

  • Close Notepad and double-click the AutoHotkey script shortcut on the desktop to run it.
  • Click the Start button and roll the mouse wheel up to scroll down the menu.
  • To close the script, right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager. Select AutoHotkey Unicode on the Processes tab and press its End task button.

These are two ways that you can reverse the mouse wheel’s scroll direction in Windows 10. Now, the scrollbar slider will move down when you roll the mouse wheel up and vice versa.


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