Windows 10 Can Scroll Windows That Aren’t Even in Focus
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A lot of folks still don’t want to upgrade, but if you ask me, there are a lot of small features in Windows 10 that make the upgrade worth it. That’s in addition to the several big and compelling reasons to hop aboard the Windows 10 train.

One of the small features that I really love is inactive window scrolling. Just by hovering over any window, you can scroll your mousewheel and that window will scroll up and down even if you didn’t click on it first.


This is really nice if you have a big monitor with a large resolution because you can work with multiple windows side-by-side with more ease. For example, with Excel on one side and Word on the other, you can type with Word in focus and scroll through Excel at the same time.

And yes, if two windows are stacked, they will both scroll at the same time.

It’s enabled by default in Windows 10, but if you don’t like it for some reason (e.g. maybe it glitches in a fullscreen application) you can disable it by going to Settings > Devices > Mouse & Touchpad and then toggling the setting labelled Scroll inactive windows…

What do you think of this feature? Is it handy or annoying? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    March 23, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Wow, a feature other window managers have been able to do since the 90's. This is true innovation at work.

  2. Tom
    March 23, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    If you're not on Win 10 and still want this feature, there is an app called KatMouse that does the same thing. Been using it for years and love it. I'm constantly forgetting that is not a standard feature whenever I'm using someone else's computer.

  3. Anonymous
    March 23, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Personally I love it. When performing some long step-by-step process in one window, I can scroll the instructions up and down in the inactive one to make sure I don't miss anything.

  4. Azims Lives
    March 23, 2016 at 11:00 am

    old but gold.