Learn how to change the Mouse Scrolling Direction in Windows 11

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This article explains how to change the Mouse Scrolling Direction in Windows 11. Windows uses reverse scrolling by default, but users can switch to Natural scrolling to align with their preferences. The process involves identifying the mouse in Device Manager, noting the HID key path, and adjusting the registry key in Windows Registry Editor.

This article explains how to change the Mouse Scrolling Direction in Windows 11.

Mouse scrolling direction refers to the way your mouse wheel moves the content on your screen. By default, scrolling up on the mouse wheel moves the content up on the screen, while scrolling down moves the content down.

Windows uses reverse scrolling, where the content moves down when you scroll up.

Two types of scrolling are available in Windows: Reverse and Natural.

In Reverse scrolling, when you roll the mouse wheel back, the scroll bar moves down as the page scrolls upward. When you roll the mouse scroll wheel forward, the scroll bar moves up as the page scrolls downward.

In Natural scrolling, when you roll the mouse scroll wheel back, the scroll bar moves down as the page scrolls downward. When you roll the mouse scroll wheel forward, the scroll bar moves up as the page scrolls upward.

Change mouse scrolling direction in Windows 11

As mentioned above, users can change the mouse scrolling direction in Windows to suit their preferences.

Here’s how to do it.

First, you must identify the mouse you want to configure its scrolling directly. You need to know the device’s HID\VID key.

You can get that quickly from the Device Manager (devmgmt.msc).

Open the Device Manager (devmgmt.msc).

Next, expand Mice and other pointing devices, and double-click on your mouse device to open its Properties window.

Under the Details tab of the Properties window, change the Property type to ‘Device instance path.’

Then, take notes of the HID\VID key path used in Registry Editor for this mouse device.

With the device’s VID/HID key handy, go and make the changes in the Windows Registry Editor.

First, open Windows Registry Editor.

Then, navigate to the registry key below.

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID

Next, VID\HID key info gathered above. Then, select the ‘Device Peremeters’ key on the left. Next, double-click to open the FlipFlopWheel (REG_DWORD) name on the Explorer key’s right pane to open it.

The default value is 0 for reverse scrolling. Type 1 to change to natural scrolling.

If you do not see the ‘FlipFlopWheel ‘item, right-click a blank area and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value. Then, enter the name ‘FlipFlopWheel ‘.

Windows 11 registry flipflopwheel registry name

You may have to restart your computer for the changes to apply.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to change the mouse scrolling direction in Windows 11. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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