How to Turn Off on On Scroll Inactive Windows by Hovering in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to disable or enable scrolling inactive windows by hovering over them in Windows 11. There are many mouse settings one can choose in Windows. For example, one can choose to turn on or off a mouse ClickLock, change their mouse primary button, show mouse pointer location, change the size of their mouse pointer and many more.

Windows also has a built-in feature to let you scroll inactive windows simply by hovering over them with the mouse pointer without losing focus on your active window. Using this feature helps you work efficiently and also improve productivity.

This might come in handy if you have multiple windows opened and you want to quickly view each by hovering with your mouse.

Other might want to disable this to prevent displaying sensitive content my mistakenly hovering over background windows.

Whether you want to keep it enabled or disable it, the steps below will show you how to do that.

How to enable or disable scroll inactive windows by hovering in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows also has a built-in feature to let you scroll inactive windows simply by hovering over them with the mouse pointer without losing focus on your active window.

Below is how to enable or disable this feature in Windows 11.

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Bluetooth & devices, and select Mouse on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

windows 11 mouse settings

On the Bluetooth & device > Mouse settings pane, under Scrolling, select the "Scroll inactive windows when hovering over them" tile, then toggle the switch to the On or Off position to enable or disable this feature.

windows 11 scroll inactive windows hovering

You can close the Windows Settings app to complete the setup.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to turn on of off scroll inactive windows when hovering over them in Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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