Windows 10 Tip: Toggle Background Scrolling On or Off

Windows 10 finally lets you scroll inactive windows just by hovering over them. This can be a problem when using a touchpad, and here’s how to turn it off.

Windows 10 ProWindows 10 has a new feature, which believe it or not, hasn’t existed natively in previous versions of Windows. It’s called Background Scrolling and it lets you scroll through the content of inactive windows without clicking on them first.

In Windows 7 and 8.1 you needed to use a third-party utility like KatMouse to get the same behavior.

If you’re using a laptop and your mouse is positioned over an inactive window, you can unintentionally scroll to a place you don’t want to be. So in that scenario, you might want to turn it off.

Personally, I really like it to be turned on. Although I’m still in the habit of clicking a windows first, then scrolling — still trying to get over that.

I use a mouse with my laptops virtually all the time, so I don’t have the problem. But if you do, it’s easy to turn off.

Turn Off Background Scrolling in Windows 10

It’s activated by default, and to turn it off, go to Settings > Devices > Mouse & touchpad. Then turn off Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them. If you want to enable the scrolling again, just go back in and toggle the switch back on.

mouse and touchpad settings

That’s all there is to it! What is your take on the Background scrolling feature for inactive windows in Windows 10? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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