How to enable reverse scrolling of mouse and touchpad in Windows 11

In Windows 11, the mouse and touchpad help us make it easier to navigate and interact on the screen. However, these devices have a default scroll direction that does not look natural. If you scroll up with the mouse wheel or scroll down, the page will always scroll up. Although this behavior is acceptable to most users, many people may not feel comfortable with this behavior.

Whatever the reason, if you want to move the page up when you scroll up or move the page down when you scroll down, Windows 11 allows you to reverse the scroll direction. However, you can just use the Settings app to adjust the scrolling for an accurate touchpad. If you want to change the direction of the regular mouse, you will need to use the registry.

In this Windows 11 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to reverse the scroll direction of your mouse and touchpad.

How to reverse mouse scrolling on Windows 11

In Windows 11, the Settings app does not have an option to change the scroll direction. However, you can adjust the behavior of scrolling through the history.

warning: This is a handy reminder that editing the registry is risky, and can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don’t do it properly. Before proceeding, it is recommended to make a full backup of your computer.

Confirm mouse information

To determine the mouse identification number on Windows 11, use the following steps:

  1. Opens Started.
  2. searching for device manager And click the highest result to open the application.
  3. expansion in Mice and other pointing devices branch.
  4. Right-click on the active mouse and select File properties to choose.

    Source: Windows Central

  5. Click on details tab.
  6. Use the “Property” dropdown menu and choose File Example path device to choose.
  7. Confirm the value of the mouse’s “VID ID” – eg, VID_0E0F & PID_0003 & MI_01.

    Mouse registration information

    Source: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, continue with the steps below to modify the registry to reverse mouse scrolling on Windows 11.

Reverse mouse scroll direction

To reverse the direction of mouse scrolling through the history, use the following steps:

  1. Opens Started.
  2. searching for regedit And click the highest result to open a file Registry Editor.
  3. Browse the following path:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID

  4. Expand the key (folder) that matches the mouse’s “VID ID” – eg, VID_0E0F & PID_0003 & MI_01.
  5. Expand the subkey (folder).
  6. select file Device parameters a key.
  7. Double-click a file FlipFlopWheel DWORD and set the value from 0 to 1.

    Reverse mouse scroll direction

    Source: Windows Central

  8. tap on yes button.
  9. Restart your computer.

After completing the steps, when you scroll up with the mouse wheel, the page should also scroll up.

You can always revert changes back to their original settings using the same instructions, but in Step 7set the value from 1 to 0.

How to reverse touchpad scrolling in Windows 11

Although you won’t find an option to change the scroll direction of the mouse, Windows 11 includes settings to reverse the scroll direction of the precision touchpad. If the option is not available in the Settings app, it may still be possible to adjust the mouse behavior using the manufacturer’s software (if applicable).

To reverse the touchpad scroll direction in Windows 11, use the following steps:

  1. Opens Settings.
  2. Click Bluetooth and devices.
  3. tap on The touchpad The page is on the right side.

    Open touchpad settings

    Source: Windows Central

  4. Under the Gestures and Interaction section, select Scroll and Zoom Preparation.
  5. select file Motion moves downward Option using the scroll direction dropdown.

    The touchpad changes the direction of scrolling

    Source: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, swiping up on the touchpad should now scroll pages down for a more natural experience on Windows 11.

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