How can I invert touchpad and mouse scroll direction on Windows?

By Alexandra Bagratian | January 23, 2019 |

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Tastes differ: while some users are perfectly happy with default scroll settings on Windows 10, others may want to invert the scrolling direction of their mouse or touchpad. Since you are reading this article, you must be wondering “How do I change the scroll direction on my mouse or touchpad?” Luckily, you’ve come to the right place – here you will find proven tips how to reverse scroll direction on Windows 10.

How to Change Touchpad Scroll Direction?

The good thing about your touchpad is, in most cases, it can be easily customized. Here is how to reverse your touchpad scroll direction in 5 quick and easy steps:

  1. Open your Settings app by pressing the Windows logo key + I shortcut on your keyboard.
  2. Once the Settings app is up and running, click on Devices.
  3. From the left menu, select Touchpad.
  4. Search for Scrolling Direction.
  5. In the Scrolling Direction menu, search for the option to reverse your scrolling direction. Enable reverse scrolling. This is it. Pretty simple, right?

If you can’t see the Scrolling Direction menu, here is what you should do:

  1. On your Touchpad screen, look for Additional settings. Click the link.
  2. The Mouse Properties screen will open. Navigate to your touchpad tab.
  3. Click on the Options button. This is where most things depend on your manufacturer. Search for the Scroll settings menu (or something like this). Look for the Reverse option and enable it.

How to Change the Scrolling Direction of a Mouse?

Well, this part is a bit trickier. It might seem that, for your electronic rodent, there is no reverse scrolling option on Windows 10. That said, there is no need to worry. Here is a cool registry trick to reverse your mouse scroll:

  1. Back up your important data. For this purpose, you can use a cloud-based solution or an external storage device. You can also try Auslogics BitReplica, which is a handy tool designed to keep your data secured. Obviously, better safe than sorry!
  2. Back up your registry. This step is essential since Windows Registry is an extremely sensitive component. A tiny mistake or a wrongful entry there can cause your system to go haywire. Therefore, you are better off taking the necessary precautions in case things go south:
    1. Launch Run by pressing the Windows logo button and the R key (simultaneously).
    2. Input “regedit” (without quotation marks) into the Run area and press Enter to proceed.
    3. Once you are in Registry Editor, navigate to the File tab and click on it.
    4. From the menu, select Export, go to Export Range, and select All.
    5. Put your backup file where your like.
    6. Choose a proper name for your backup file.
    7. Click Save.

This is it. You’ve just backed up your system registry. You can easily restore it if something goes wrong: open the Registry Editor tool, go to File, click on Import, and select your backup file.

  1. Now open your Power User menu (to access it, press the Windows logo + X keyboard shortcut) and select Device Manager from the list of available options.
  2. Scroll down to the Mice and other pointing devices category and expand it.
  3. Right-click your mouse and select Properties from the menu.
  4. Navigate to the Details tab.
  5. Under Property, select Device Instance Path.
  6. Go to Value and make a note of the value displayed there.
  7. Open Registry Editor: type “regedit” (no quotes) into Run (Windows logo key + R) and hit the Enter button.
  8. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID.
  9. Locate the folder with the name matching the first part of the value you made a note of before.
  10. Now search for the same value as the second part of the value you saw when taking Step 8.
  11. Click Device Parameters.
  12. Search for FlipFlopWheel.
  13. Change its value from 0 to 1 (or vice versa) to reverse the scrolling direction of your mouse.

Restart your PC and see the changes.

Reverse scrolling is a great feature, but it may take some getting used to

Anyway, we hope you are happy with the way you scroll. Nevertheless, if your touchpad and mouse act weird no matter which scrolling direction you have set up, you should check their drivers. The point is, they can be long past their sell-by date. This is certainly not an issue to turn a blind eye to. For your system components to function the way they are designed to, your drivers should always be up to date.

There are a lot of ways to achieve this, but the one we can recommend (and consider the most convenient method of the lot) is utilizing Auslogics Driver Updater. The tool in question enables you to resolve all your driver-related problems with just one click of a button.

If you need extra help, do not hesitate to contact us via the comments section below.

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