As you know, aside from making computing a lot easier, mouse and touchpad, it also makes computing more efficient and less time-consuming. And so life is unimaginable without these useful devices. However, it is a known fact that you can’t customize these devices since all touchpads and mice come with their own default scrolling direction but worry not for in this post you will be guided on how you can reverse their default scrolling directions.
Every user has their own different preferences when it comes to scrolling directions. You might want the scrolling directions to look like the page is being scrolled in the same direction in where you move your fingers over the touchpad or you might prefer it in an inverted way. Reversing the scroll direction for your device’s touchpad is really easy as Windows by default offers this customization. So if you are trying to find a way to reverse the scrolling direction of your mouse, then you have to follow a tricky little method which will be provided in this post.
It is apparent from the number of settings the touchpad is available that it has become more customizable. You can configure everything, from its gestures, taps, sensitivity, and even its scrolling direction. And now, if you want to reverse its scrolling direction, here’s what you have to do:
Tap the Win + I keys to open Settings.
From there, go to Devices and select Touchpad from the menu.
Next, look for the Scrolling Direction setting.
Then click on the drop-down and select your preferred setting. If you want the same direction scrolling, just select the “Downwards motion scrolls down” option, and if you want the opposite select the other one.
After you carry out these steps, the settings will be applied right away and you will see the changes. On the other hand, if you want to change the scrolling direction for your mouse, the procedure is not as simple as it was for the touchpad.
To reverse the scrolling direction for a mouse, refer to these steps:
In the Start Search, type “device manager” and click on the appropriate result to open the Device Manager.
After opening the Device Manager, look for your Mouse under the “Mice and other pointing devices” section. It is mostly listed as an “HID-compliant mouse”.
Right-click on your mouse and click Properties.
From there, go to the Details tab and from the drop-down menu, select Device Instance Path.
Now take note of the value displayed on its value field and then tap the Win + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
Type in “Regedit” in the field and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
Next, navigate to the following location:
From this folder, you have to start matching the values in the first part of the value you’ve taken note of.
Open the folder which has the same value and repeat this for the second part of the value.
Afterwards, click on the Device Parameters and look for a property named “FlipFlopWheel” and invert its value from 0 to 1 or 1 to 0 to reverse the scrolling direction. And then restart your PC to apply the changes made.
After you restart your PC, you should see the changes in the scrolling direction of your mouse. Note that you can change the value back to its original value or just use the registry backup to undo the changes you’ve made.