How To : Enable Smooth Scrolling Across Browsers in Windows

Smooth Scrolling is a technique which reduces the sudden jumps in display while scrolling. The content will appear to seamlessly flow in and out of the screen as you scroll. Smooth Scrolling reduces strain on your eye and prevents you from getting disoriented. It’s one of those things every browser should ship with. In this article I will go mention briefly how you can enable smooth scrolling in Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera

Arrow Smooth Scrolling in Internet Explorer

Open Internet Options via Control Panel or Internet Explorer Tools Menu. Select the Advanced tab. Locate the “Use Smooth Scrolling” option (present inside the Browsing section). Make sure that this option is checked.

Enable Smooth Scrolling in Internet Explorer

Arrow Smooth Scrolling in Firefox

By default Firefox comes with a pretty decent Smooth Scrolling feature. To enable it open the Options dialogue box via the Tools menu. Select the Advanced Tab and make sure that Smooth Scrolling (listed under Browsing) is enabled. If you want more control over the scrolling behaviour of Firefox opt for an extension like SmoothWheel (don’t forget to check out my Essential Firefox Addons Collection).

Enable Smooth Scrolling in Firefox

Arrow Smooth Scrolling in Opera

Type opera:config#UserPrefs|SmoothScrolling in the address bar and hit enter. Make sure that the check-box next to Smooth Scrolling is ticked.

Arrow Smooth Scrolling in Maxthon

Maxthon (shell for Internet Explorer) users can enjoy smooth scrolling by installing Smooth Scroll addon for Maxthon.

Arrow Smooth Scrolling in Safari

Unfortunately I couldn’t find any option for toggling Smooth Scrolling in Safari for Windows (v4). Do let me know if there is some workaround. Mac users can enable it from System Preferences > Appearance > Use smooth scrolling.

Arrow Smooth Scrolling in Google Chrome

Google Chrome doesn’t offer Smooth Scrolling at the moment. Hopefully this feature would be added soon.

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11 Responses to How To : Enable Smooth Scrolling Across Browsers in Windows

  1. chinmoy August 5, 2009 at 7:04 am #

    Firefox has about:config options as well.
    Set general.smoothScroll to true.
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  2. Shaunak De August 6, 2009 at 7:15 pm #

    I think its enabled by default on Opera. [Or perhaps I had enabled it too long ago to remember. :) ]
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    • Pallab August 7, 2009 at 12:15 am #

      Yeah. It is enabled by default.

  3. Kenan May 9, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Google Chrome supports smooth scrolling through an extension you can download.

  4. Heinz June 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    Default smooth scrolling is a catastrophy in all browsers. The only browser who can do real smooth scrolling is Firefox with add-on ‘Yet Another Smooth Scrolling’. The rest is garbage.

    • asdf May 27, 2011 at 8:42 am #

      i hate you all ff fans…

      • Kokain November 26, 2011 at 12:15 am #

        Don’t be, Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller is now available by the same people for Chrome. I hate my windows 7 with the jerky scroll in different programs. It kills the fact I got a 120hz monitor.

  5. solnyshok November 25, 2010 at 3:20 am #

    I chrome, use “Smooth scroll” extension. It works even better that YASS in firefox, because chrome is less cpu-hungry. I really feel it on a notebook.

  6. MidNightstorm April 4, 2011 at 12:20 am #

    Google Chrome have a extension that have the ability of smooth scroll

  7. Quich July 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    Google Chrome has an extension called “Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller” which is a STUNNING smooth scroller and even animates a little “bounce” effect when you reach the bottom/top of a page. Brilliant!

  8. yossi cohen May 30, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    try quick scroll for chrome…
    it enables you to scroll just like on touch screens… drag and throw….
    with momentum!

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