April 24, 2007

Increasing mouse scroll speed in firefox


If you are using firefox in Ubuntu Linux, you might have wondered how you can change mouse scroll speed.
To do that, you should roll up your sleeves and go to the hidden firefox settings. In address bar type:

about:config

You will see a textbox and a long list of options and settings. In the "filter" textbox type:

mousewheel.withnokey.sysnumlines

Change the default value to "false". Then type:

mousewheel.withnokey.numlines

The default value is "1". Increase this number to have faster scroll speed in firefox. I personally prefer "6".
You don't even need to restart firefox to see the changes. They take effect on the fly.


28 comments:

foruhar said...

wicked! I love hidden goodies!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the tip

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Works beautifully, and 6 is perfect.

Anonymous said...

thanks!

"Knows how" said...

My pleasure!

Anonymous said...

bravo. from macedonia... hi hi hi.. ubuntu is great

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totalizator said...

thx for the tip :)

Алексей said...

thanx for your help! I've looked up all the runet and found nothing.

Anonymous said...

thanx for your help! I've looked up all the runet and found nothing.

Bill Guidry said...

I'm going crazy! The screen still doesn't scroll correctly. When I attempt to scroll, it is as though a wave slides down the page resetting the entire page as it goes, and not just on a web page. When I move any window, the same wave effect takes place. It takes ten times as long to move anything. I've tried troubleshooting help on lots of websites but can't find the answer. It may be related to a strange phenomenon that showed up randomly yesterday when I returned home after a couple of hours away, and everything on my screen had gone extra large- icons, background picture, and window frames- What happened?

Anonymous said...

Bill - I know it may be a little late for the help, but I believe your problem was caused by your computer failing to recognize your graphics card (especially if you have something like proprietary NVIDIA drivers). If your computer has defaulted back to generic drivers, then it will change the resolution (which makes things appear bigger) and it will make everything paint to the screen in a slow, "wave" like fashion. Check your graphics card settings and poke around on forums to figure out how to re-install your graphics drivers.

Bill Guidry said...

Thanks Anonymous,
That was exactly the problem and exactly the program. I had a friend come solve it for me a couple of weeks ago, but hopefully this will help someone else, and boost your ego a bit, having identified the problem exactly.

Anonymous said...

Doing this disables the accelerated scrolling (if you have this feature). Is there any way to prevent this unfortunate side effect?

-SlowScroller

afbase said...

well it works!!! thanks.

Martin said...

Great improvement, thank you. I use openSUSE 11.0 with Firefox 3.0.

Martin said...

Great improvement, thank you! I use openSUSE with Firefox 3.0.

Elmer said...

Yet another thank you. I found this by searching Ubuntu Forums. Some kind soul had linked to you. I tried an add-on, something like Yet Another Smooth Scroll, and it made it anything but smooth, no matter how I configured it. This is faster w/o being jumpy. Thanks for making my internet life easier.

Elmer Venekamp

Anonymous said...

wow. thanks man. many fools out there thinks chrome is faster because of the scrolling speed lol

Anonymous said...

thanks. works just as you described.

HTK said...

I was searching exactly for this and thank god I found your blog! Thanks!

Fiki said...

woa.. just what i was looking for
thanks for the info bro

Anonymous said...

Seems to work perfectly for scrolling down but now it will not scroll back up... ONly continues to scroll down even while physically scrolling up. Just started using wireless Microsoft keyboard and mouse

Anonymous said...

you don't have to have ubuntu, about:config is independant of the operating system, it is a feature of Firefox, so it will work on any computer

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I needed this setting on windows 7 too :-)

panzi said...

Awesome! Many thanks for this hint. It bothered me quite a while that Firefox did not use my KDE scroll speed and was scrolling so damn slow. I set it to 8 lines for now. Lets see whether this turns out as an appropriate speed. (5 lines is definitely to slow for me.)

Anonymous said...

Is there a to increase scroll speed if you use arrow key instead of mouse wheel?

Connors said...

I'm also looking for a similar way to increase arrow-key scroll speed (without extensions).