Smooth Scrolling: What is it and how to enable it

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Ever heard the term Smooth Scrolling? Looking for how to enable it on your PC? In this guide, we’ll show you what Smooth scrolling is and how can you enable it on your PC.

Smooth scrolling, as the name implies, is a recently introduced enhancing feature that is designed to improve scrolling on web browsers. This feature has been adopted by Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge and Opera Mini among others.

With this feature, you can navigate through a page smoothly, regardless of its size. While the Smooth Scrolling is now a basic feature on most browsers, many people still find it somewhat difficult to use/enable.

How do I enable Smooth Scrolling on my PC? First off, you should know that that Smooth Scrolling is available on all major browsers. To enable it in Firefox, you just need to check the Smooth Scrolling option in the Preferences tab. This process is slightly more advanced in Chrome, and it requires you to visit about:flags page in Chrome and enables Smooth Scrolling from there.

How to enable Smooth Scrolling on your PC?

  1. Enable Smooth Scrolling on Opera
  2. Enable Smooth Scrolling on Microsoft Edge
  3. Enable Smooth Scrolling on Mozilla Firefox
  4. Enable Smooth Scrolling on Google Chrome

1. Enable Smooth Scrolling on Opera

It is easy to enable Smooth Scrolling on Opera, although it is worth mentioning that the browser itself doesn’t come with this feature by default.

However, what Opera does have is a vast library of extension that it can access, allowing you to basically add the Smooth Scrolling experience to the browser.

This is done thanks to an extension called SmoothScroll which allows you to scroll smoothly on websites using both keyboard and mouse.

How to add SmoothScroll to Opera.

  1. Open Opera
  2. Press the Extensions button
    • It looks like a cube in the main screen
  3. In the Extension screen, select Get more extensions
  4. Type in SmoothScroll in the Search for add-ons search bar
  5. Select the extension, and then click on + Add to Opera

Now that you’ve installed the extension, enjoy a better way of navigating through your websites.

Speaking of customization, Opera’s extensions can transform the browser entirely, allowing you to specialize it in whatever direction you want: streaming, gaming, writing in WordPress, etc.

All in all, it is an excellent browser to go for if you want something modern and efficient.

Opera

Opera

Install this lightning-fast web browser and gain access to Smooth Scrolling capabilities via the extension library.

2. Enable Smooth Scrolling on Microsoft Edge

Enabling smooth scrolling in Microsoft Edge is pretty simple, and in this guide, we’re going to show you how to do it properly.

To do this, follow the steps listed below:

  1. Open Run dialog box by pressing Windows Key + R.
  2. In the dialog box, type systempropertiesadvanced and press Enter.system advanced what is smooth scrolling how do I enable smooth scrolling in windows 10
  3. In the list of options, click on the Advanced tab.advanced tab Smooth Scrolling
  4. Under Performance, click on the Settings button.
  5. Locate and check the Smooth-scroll list boxes.smooth-scroll list boxes Smooth Scrolling
  6. Select Apply > OK.
  7. Click OK again in the confirmation prompt to finish the process.

After completion, smooth scrolling should start working in Edge.


3. Enable Smooth Scrolling on Mozilla Firefox

To enable the smooth scrolling function on Mozilla Firefox, follow the simple guidelines below:

  1. Launch Firefox.
  2. Type about:preference in the address bar and then hit the Enter key.firefox about preferences Smooth Scrolling
  3. On the displayed window, locate Browsing and check the Use smooth scrolling box under it. This will enable the smooth scrolling feature.use smooth scrolling Smooth Scrolling
  4. And you are good to go!

After enabling the feature, you can try and reconfigure the browser‘s settings to further optimize the smooth scrolling function.

To do this, go through the step-by-step guidelines below:

  1. Start Firefox.
  2. Type about:config in the address box, and press Enter. This should bring up a list of settings.
  3. On the next window,  enter general.smoothScroll.currentVelocityWeighting in the designated search box, and press Enter.
  4. Double-click on the entry from the list of results, and set its value to 0.
    velocityweighting about:config Smooth Scrolling
  5. Set general.smoothScroll.mouseWheel.durationMaxMS to 250.
  6. Set genral.smoothScroll.stopDecelerationWeighting to 0.75.
  7. Lastly, you need to set mousewheel.min_line_scroll_amount to 28.
  8. And you are all set!

4. Enable Smooth Scrolling on Google Chrome

Unlike in most standard browsers, Smooth Scrolling isn’t enabled by default on Chrome. To enable the feature on Google Chrome, follow the guidelines below:

  1. Open your Chrome browser and input about:flags or chrome://flags in the address bar, and press Enter.about:flags Smooth Scrolling chrome
  2. On the displayed configuration page, locate Smooth Scrolling and click on it.smooth scrolling settings chrome
  3. In the next window, click on Enable > Relaunch Now.smooth scrolling relaunch now

Once this is done, you can enjoy optimized smooth scrolling experience on your PC.

In this guide, we showed you what smooth scrolling is and how to enable it on major browsers. If you found this guide helpful, feel free to leave us a comment below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2019 and was revamped and updated in September 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.