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How to Change Scroll Direction on Windows 11 and Windows 10

We show you how to reverse scrolling in Windows 11 and Windows 10 for your mouse or touchpad using Settings or the Registry Editor.

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Adjusting the scroll direction on your Windows device can significantly influence your computing experience, aligning it more closely with your personal or familiar navigation preferences. This tutorial will guide you through the simple steps to customize the scroll direction, whether you’re using a touchpad or a mouse.
 
Many users find themselves needing to adjust these settings when they switch from different operating systems or simply seek a more intuitive scrolling experience. Windows offers straightforward options to modify these settings for touchpads directly within the system settings, ensuring users can easily switch between traditional and ‘natural’ scrolling styles. Modifying the scroll direction for mice requires additional steps, including registry edits.

How to Reverse Touchpad Scrolling in Windows 11 or Windows 10

Reversing the touchpad scrolling direction in Windows 10 is a simple process that can greatly improve your navigation experience. This method allows you to adjust your scrolling preferences quickly through the settings menu, making it more intuitive to use your device.

  1. Open Settings
     
    Press the “Start” button, then click the settings cog located above the power button. Alternatively, you can press “Windows + I” on your keyboard to open the settings menu directly.
     
    Windows 11 - Open Settings

  2. Open Touchpad Settings
     
    Windows 11: Click on “Bluetooth & other devices” in the sidebar and then “Touchpad” on the right side.
     
    Windows 10: In the Windows Settings menu, click on “Devices” to access your device and peripheral settings. Click on “Touchpad” in the sidebar.
     
    Windows 11 - Settings - Bluetooth & Devices - Touchpad

  3. Reverse the Scrolling Direction
     
    In the main pane, you will find the “Scrolling direction” dropdown menu. Select either “Down motion scrolls down” or “Down motion scrolls up” depending on your preference. This will reverse the scrolling direction of your touchpad.
     
    Windows 11 - Settings - Bluetooth & Devices - Touchpad - Scroll & Zoom - Scrolling Direction

How to Invert Mouse Scroll in Windows 11 or Windows 10

As mentioned earlier, to reverse mouse scroll in Windows 10 you’ll need to use the registry. That is, unless your mouse comes with its own driver software. If you have a Logitech, Steelseries, Razer, or other gaming mouse, there’s a good chance this will be the case, so check there first. If not, the editing the Registry is likely your best choice.
 
Before you do so, we recommend you give our safe registry editing guide a read and create a backup of your Registry. The chances of anything going wrong if you follow our instructions are slim, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
 
Before you can start editing your registry, though, you’ll need to get the device instance path for your mouse. This is necessary to find the correct device in your Registry Editor. We’ll show you how to do so below:

  1. Open Device Manager
     
    Press the “Start” button and type “Device Manager.” Click on the top result to open the Device Manager window.
     
    Windows 11 - Open Device Manager

  2. Access Mouse Properties
     
    In the Device Manager, scroll to “Mice and other pointing devices.” Expand this section, right-click on your mouse, and select “Properties.” If multiple entries are listed, verify the correct device by checking the “Manufacturer” and “Location” details.
     

  3. Open the “Details” tab and select “Device instance path”
     
    Under the “Properties” window, switch to the “Details” tab. Select “Device instance path” from the dropdown menu. This path is crucial for locating your device in the registry.
     
    Windows 11 - Device Manager - Mice & Other - HID - Properties - Details - Path

  4. Note down your device instance path (starting from “VID”)
     
    Carefully note down the device instance path, starting from “VID_” This information is necessary for the next steps in the registry editor.
     
    Windows 11 - Device Manager - Mice & Other - HID - Properties - Details - Path - VID

  5. Open the Registry Editor
     
    Press the “Start” button again and type “Regedit.” Click on the top result to open the Registry Editor.
     
    Windows 11 - Open Regedit

  6. Navigate to the HID key and locate your device by instance path
     
    In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID. Expand the HID key and locate your device using the instance path noted earlier. Expand the key corresponding to your device and select “Device Parameters.”
     
    Windows 11 - Regedit - Hid - Device Parameters

  7. Modify FlipFlopWheel Value
     
    In the “Device Parameters” directory, find and double-click the “FlipFlopWheel” entry. Open and change its value data to 1 to invert the mouse scroll direction. Click “OK” and restart your computer to apply the changes.
     
    Windows 11 - Regedit - Hid - Device Parameters - FlipFlopWheel - Value Data 1 - Accept

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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions About

Can I customize touchpad gestures in addition to scrolling direction?

Yes, Windows provides extensive options for customizing touchpad gestures beyond just adjusting the scroll direction. To access these settings, navigate to ‘Settings’ > ‘Devices’ > ‘Touchpad’. Here, you can configure various gestures such as three-finger swipe actions and four-finger tap behavior. These customization options help enhance navigation efficiency and can be tailored according to individual preferences or specific tasks.

Can I reverse the scroll direction for an external mouse connected to my Windows device?

Absolutely, both built-in and external mice can have their scroll direction reversed. The process for external mice involves accessing the Device Manager, locating the mouse under ‘Mice and other pointing devices’, and then following the tutorial steps to adjust the registry settings. Ensure you apply changes to the correct mouse if multiple devices are connected.

How can I reset my scroll settings to default after reversing them?

To revert your touchpad to its original scroll settings, simply go back to the touchpad settings within the ‘Settings’ > ‘Devices’ > ‘Touchpad’ menu and select the standard scroll option (“Down motion scrolls down“). For the mouse, open the Registry Editor, navigate to the mouse’s specific registry key, change the ‘FlipFlopWheel’ value back to 0, and restart your computer to apply the default setting.

Is it possible to have different scroll directions for my touchpad and mouse?

Yes, it’s possible to set different scrolling directions individually for the touchpad and the mouse. Adjust the touchpad settings via the Windows Settings interface, and for the mouse, modify the ‘FlipFlopWheel’ registry value. This allows for a customized experience whether you’re using the touchpad or a mouse.

Can I adjust scrolling sensitivity along with direction?

While the primary tutorial covers changing the direction, adjusting scrolling sensitivity can be done in the ‘Mouse Properties’ dialog for mice and ‘Touchpad settings’ for built-in touchpads. Look for options labeled as ‘Scroll speed’ or similar to make the adjustment, enhancing or reducing the speed at which scrolling occurs.

Are these settings for scroll direction applicable across all applications on Windows?

Yes, changes to the scroll direction will reflect across all applications on your Windows device. This includes web browsers, text editors, and any other software that employs scroll functionalities.

How can I ensure that the changes I made are safely applied?

To ensure safety and accuracy in applying changes, follow the tutorial steps meticulously, especially when working with the Registry Editor. Always back up the registry before making changes, and confirm that you’re modifying settings for the correct device. Restarting your device after making changes can also help apply the modification safely.

What should I do if changing the “FlipFlopWheel” value doesn’t reverse the scroll direction?

First, confirm that you edited the “FlipFlopWheel” value for the correct registry entry associated with your device. If the scroll direction still fails to reverse, it’s possible you need to reinstall or update your mouse drivers from the device manufacturer’s website, which can resolve compatibility issues.

Do I need administrative rights to change the scroll direction for my mouse?

Changing the scroll direction by editing the registry does require administrative rights, as these adjustments impact the system settings. Make sure you are logged in with an administrator account before attempting the registry changes described in the tutorial.

Will reversing the scroll direction affect my touch screen gestures?

Reversing the scroll direction for your mouse or touchpad will not impact touch screen gestures. Touch screen configurations are managed separately under ‘Touch settings’ in Windows, allowing independent customization of touch interactions.

Will changing the scroll direction affect the performance of my mouse or touchpad?

No, altering the scroll direction only changes the way your device interprets scroll input; it does not affect the hardware’s performance or responsiveness. Your device should continue to function as effectively as before the change.

How can I check if my mouse supports reversing scroll direction through its own software?

Review your mouse’s documentation or check the manufacturer’s website for specific software that comes with your mouse. Many modern mice come with dedicated software that allows users to customize settings, including scroll direction, without needing to alter system registry settings.

Can reversing the scroll direction cause issues with future Windows updates?

Reversing the scroll direction through settings or registry modifications should not interfere with future Windows updates. These settings are user preferences and are typically preserved during updates unless specific system overhauls occur.

If my touchpad settings do not have a scroll direction option, what should I do?

If your touchpad lacks a scroll direction option in the settings, you may need to check for an updated driver that enables more features. Visit the manufacturer’s support site for your device to find and install the latest touchpad drivers. Alternatively, third-party utility software may offer the necessary functionality.

How can I provide feedback to Microsoft about the scroll direction functionality?

To provide feedback to Microsoft, use the Feedback Hub app, accessible by searching for ‘Feedback Hub’ in the Start menu. This platform allows users to report issues, suggest features, or provide feedback directly related to their Windows experience, including mouse and touchpad functionalities.

Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus Kasanmascheff
Markus is the founder of WinBuzzer and has been playing with Windows and technology for more than 25 years. He is holding a Master´s degree in International Economics and previously worked as Lead Windows Expert for Softonic.com.
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