How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

You may have a unique preference when it comes to scrolling directions whether you mouse or the touchpad. Some people prefer the page is scrolled in the same direction in which direction they move their finger on the touchpad. Some people do this in an inverted way. This is called reverse scrolling. Enabling reverse scrolling Windows 10 on your laptop trackpad is easy as Windows offers this customization by default. In some cases, your trackpad scrolls in the wrong way for many reasons. This issue is fixable. If you are wondering how to enable the reverse scrolling Windows 10, follow the steps which are listed in this article.

How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

Below we have shown how to perform reverse scrolling on both Touchpad and mouse.

Method 1: On Touchpad

Windows 10 supports reverse scrolling on selected computers which comes with a precision touchpad. If this option is not available you can change scroll direction Windows 10 by using the manufacturer’s software for the peripheral. Follow the below-listed instructions for Windows 10 reverse scroll on the touchpad.

1. Press the Windows + I keys together to open Settings.

2. Now, click on Devices as depicted.

click on Devices

3. Scroll down the left pane and select the Touchpad option.

Scroll down the left pane and select the Touchpad option. How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

4. Go to the Scroll and zoom section in the right pane and choose Downwards motion scrolls down as depicted.

Go to the Scroll and zoom section in the right pane and choose Downwards motion scrolls down

5. After completing these steps, the pages will scroll in the downwards direction when you scroll up on the touchpad. This is how you change scroll direction Windows 10 using Touchpad.

Also Read: Fix Mouse Wheel Not Scrolling Properly

Method 2: On Mouse

If you are using a mouse for navigating the Windows 10 pages, you have to tweak some registry keys to enable Windows 10 reverse scroll. That is, there will not be a default option in the settings, but you will be able to change the scrolling behaviour by identifying your mouse VID ID and implementing the changes in the Registry editor.

NOTE: Editing or deleting keys in Registry is risky since a small change could cause serious damage to your computer. So, it is recommended to do a complete backup on your computer before proceeding. If you do not know how to back up your registry, refer to our guide How to Backup and Restore the Registry on Windows.

Step I: Identify Mouse VID ID

The Vendor Identification ID (VID) is used to distinguish devices from one another. They are 16-digit numbers assigned by USB Implementers Forum to any particular company where Product Identification ID (PID) are assigned to specific products. They are embedded within the component and are activated when they are plugged into your device. As a first step to change scroll direction Windows 10, find the VID ID of your mouse as instructed below. Follow these steps to identify the mouse identification number.

1. Hit the Windows key and type Device Manager, then click on Open.

open device manager. How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

2. Double-click on Mic and other pointing devices option to expand it.

3. Right-click on the mouse which is active and click on the Properties option.

Right click on the mouse which is active and click on the Properties option. How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

4. Switch to the Details tab and select the Device instance path option in the Property drop-down menu.

Switch to the Details tab and select the Device instance path option

5. Note down the VID ID value of the mouse. In our example, it is: ACPI\DLL09EC\4&4E6962E&0.

Note down the VID ID value of the mouse. How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

6. Once you have completed all the above-listed instructions, follow the steps below for modifying the Registry to enable the reverse scrolling.

Step II: Perform Reverse Scrolling

Once you have found the VID ID of your mouse, you can use the following steps to tweak the Registry for Windows 10 reverse scroll.

1. Press the Windows key, and type regedit and click on Open.

open the Registry Editor

2. Go to the following path in Registry Editor.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID

Go to the following path. How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

3. Expand the key folder which matches the VID ID of the mouse for example ACPI\DLL09EC\4&4E6962E&0.

Expand the key folder which matches the VID ID of the mouse

4. Expand the available key and open the Device Parameters key.

5. Now, in the right pane, double click on the FlipFlopWheel DWORD.

double click on the FlipFlopWheel DWORD. How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

6. Then, change the Value Data from 0 to 1 and click on OK.

change the Value Data from 0 to 1 and click on OK

7. Close the Registry editor and, restart your computer.

8. Now, the page will scroll up when you scroll up the mouse wheel.

9. If you want to reverse the changes to their default settings use the same steps above but make sure to set the value from 0 to 1 in Step 5.

Also Read: How to Disable Mouse Acceleration in Windows 10

Additional Method: How to Perform Reverse Scrolling with Macro Script

There is an additional way to reverse your scrolling direction which is using software that is capable of setting up macro scripts. The simplest method of implementing this is by doing with AutoHotkey. It is user-friendly and is completely free. You can reverse both your mouse and touchpad with this method.

1. You can download the freeware by visiting the official Autokey website.

2. Here, click on the Download button. Wait for the download to be completed and run the setup file from My downloads to install it on Windows 10.

click on the Download button. How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

3. Right-click on your desktop and select New > Text Document. This creates a New Text Document.

Note: You don’t need to name the file right now.

Right click on your desktop and select New and Text Document

4. Open the new Text Document and paste the following commands.

WheelUp::
Send {WheelDown}
Return
WheelDown::
Send {WheelUp}
Return

Open the new Text Document. How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

5. Now, save the modifications and change the extension as .ahk from .txt. Now you will receive a prompt showing that your file might be unusable. Don’t mind it, proceed by clicking on OK.

NOTE: If you cannot see this extension, open a File Explorer window. Then, switch to the View tab and select the box which is next to File Name Extensions.

switch to View tab and select the box which is next to File Name Extensions

6. As soon as you press the OK button you must see the icon of the text file transform into some other format.

Note: If this happens, Windows is recognising it as an AutoHotkey file. Enforce the hotkey by double-clicking on it and reverse the scrolling of the mouse.

7. If you want to disable the hotkey and you prefer the default way of scrolling, open the Task Manager by searching it in the Windows Search bar. Click on Open to launch it.

open the Task Manager. How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

8. Now, switch to the Processes tab and look for AutoHotkey which will be under the Background processes or Apps sometimes.

switch to the Processes tab and look for AutoHotkey which will be under the Background processes or Apps sometimes

9. Then, click on End Task for reverting to the default settings. This method is simple and effective if you want to change scroll direction Windows 10 using third-party apps.

Also Read: Fix Logitech Mouse Double Click Problem

Pro Tip: How Do You Fix an Inverted Mouse

The steps to fix an inverted mouse are completely different in Windows and Macs. If you have a Mac, the process is simple, and here is how to do it.

Option I: On Mac

Fix an inverted mouse in Mac.

1. Click on the Apple icon to go to the main Settings.

click on Apple logo in Mac. How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

2. Go to System Preferences and then click Mouse.

click on System Preferences in the MacBook

3. Now, uncheck the checkbox which is beside the Scroll Direction: Natural option.

Option II: On Windows

Here below are the steps to do it in Windows.

1. Go to Device Manager and then to Mice and Other Pointing Devices.

Expand Mice and other pointing devices. How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

2. Right-click on your mouse and choose Properties.

select Properties. How to Perform Reverse Scrolling on Windows 10

3. Go to the Details tab and choose Device Instance Path in the Property menu.

4. Note down the text in the Value field.

5. Go to Registry Manager and then go to the following path.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID

CurrentControlSet Enum HID key folder path Registry Editor

6. Look for the folder with a name that matches the text in the Value field and then open it.

7. Click on Device Parameters and go to the FlipFlopWheel property. Change the value in the Value field. That is, if the value is 1 change it to 0 and if the value is 0 change it to 1.

8. Click OK.

Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions which are related to Reverse Scrolling Windows 10 (Both Touchpad and mouse).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1. How Do You Invert a Scrolling Wheel in Minecraft?

Ans. Normally, the direction of your mouse scrolling in Minecraft is the same as you have implemented through your PC settings. However, if your mouse is scrolling in the wrong direction, you can modify it in the settings of the game. Go to the Controls Settings and click on the Invert Mouse Off option which changes the direction of scrolling.

Q2. Can You Reverse Your Scrolling Direction?

Ans. Yes, you could reverse the scrolling direction of your mouse or touchpad. Some people prefer the page is scrolled in the same direction in which direction they move their finger on the touchpad. Some people do this in an inverted way. This is called reverse scrolling.

Q3. Why Does My Mouse Scroll the Wrong Way?

Ans. Sometimes the reason for this may be simple. If there is dust around the scrolling wheel your mouse may scroll in the wrong direction. Another common reason is the old battery. Most of the time, the problem is with the mouse driver. You can update it in Windows by opening the Device Manager and right-clicking your mouse which is under the Mouse and Other Pointing Devices option and from there choose Update Driver.

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We hope that this guide will be useful to fix mouse scrolling in the wrong direction. You also learned how reverse scrolling Windows 10 works and how to enable or disable it as needed. Feel free to reach out to us with your queries and suggestions via the comments section below.

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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