Enable Smooth Scrolling in Chrome on Windows 8.1 & Windows 10

Nothing is more frustrating than trying to use the mouse wheel to scroll and having the content of the browser window stop, scroll slightly then jump past the content you wish to read. I noticed this behavior when using Google Chrome on windows 8.1.

Smooth Scrolling is a useful feature that helps you read Web content that is longer than a full screen easily.This feature can be found on almost all popular browsers. For some strange reason, the Google gurus decide to include this feature as enabled by default in Google Chrome.

This article explains how to activate the Smooth Scrolling option in Google Chrome. Unfortunately, when you attempt to set this setting following the instructions in Google Chrome, you will find that Chrome indicates that Smooth Scrolling is an option only on Linux installs. Fortunately, there is a setting that enables Smooth Scrolling on Windows.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open Google Chrome, type chrome://flags/#smooth-scrolling in address bar and press Enter. It’ll open a secret configuration page of Google Chrome as mentioned here. It’s quite similar to Mozilla Firefox’s about:config page. It lets you enable or disable many hidden and experimental features in Google Chrome.

    Chrome Accelerated Overflow Scroll

    Change the Smooth Scrolling setting to “Enabled”

  2. Scroll down and find the setting entitled Smooth Scrolling. It is not enabled.
  3. Click the Enable link and choose Enable from the dropdown list.
  4. Relaunch your browser.
  5. Enjoy Smooth Scrolling!

 

2 Comments

    1. Yep, no sooner did I post that info and Google put out a new version of Chrome. That option is indeed missing. There is a new setting that appears to improve scrolling. The setting is called

      Accelerated overflow scroll

      and is found on the chrome://flags page. Give that a shot and see if that setting improves things.

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