Mouse Wheel does a forward/back through browser history

Not reproducible Issue #12667267


Scott L.
Jul 7, 2017
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The Logitech mouse I use on search pages as well as some other pages instead of scrolling the wheel does a forward/back through the browser history instead of scrolling. If I click on the page before using the wheel it scrolls normally. If this is a feature, it’s a bust, if it’s a bug it needs to be fixed. Until this changes I will be using Chrome.


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    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Assigned To to “James M.”

    • Hello,

      Thank you for providing this information about the issue. After thorough testing, we are unable to reproduce this problem in Edge with the information at hand. Please update this case when you can provide more details, most importantly a sample website or even a video capture.

      Best Wishes,
      The MS Edge Team

    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Status to “Not reproducible”

    • How are you triggering the horizontal scrolling? Are you using Shift+Wheel?

      In this case, it’s a feature and intented: Internet Explorer, Edge and Firefox navigate the browser history on Shift+Wheel against the common convention to trigger a horizontal wheel event as the default action.

    • Horizontal scrolling isn’t involved, just normal, roll-the-wheel stuff. No shift or other modifier keys. As stated by the OP, the misbehavior stops once you click anywhere on the page.

    • Apologies. I came here via a search for “Shift+Wheel Horizontal Scrolling” and misread the issue. Thanks for clarifying.

    • I’m having the same problem. It started after the Windows 10 1709 update was installed.

    • Same here, since Fall creators update. Very annoying. No problem on Chrome.

    • Just discovered if you hold down AltGr it stops this happening!

    • To recreate.

      Go to a website.
      Click on a hotlink on that site that will take you to another page.
      Click on the Back button to go back to the original website.
      Now when you use the wheel, it will scroll through your history instead of up and down. Click anywhere on the page (other than another hotlink) and the problem goes away.

    • I have the same problem. I’ve found that if you change the mouse setting “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” to On then the problem goes away. Turn if off and the problem returns.

    • Yes, turning Scroll Inactive Windows when I Hover Over Them on fixes the issue. Thank you!

    • Thanks from me, it is a good work around.

    • That did it for me, too. Thanks.

      FWIW, I had the same problem with the Start menu. Mine has enough tiles to require scrolling, but the mouse wheel had no effect until I clicked on an empty area in the menu–not as simple as finding an empty spot on most web pages. Anyway, changing that mouse setting cured my Start menu problem. Thanks again.

    • I’ve had the same issue too, with my MS cordless mouse, and it’s very annoying. It subsides if I wait a few seconds after a page loads, or click in a blank area. For the future, the back/forward scrolling should work only when Shift is held down, as on other browsers including IE. Also, I’d like to see right-clicking for forward/back brought back.

      Some other things I’d like to see: ability to group pages in history by date and site like IE; a Print icon; ability to open PDF documents in Adobe Reader, either within or separately from Edge - this works from some sites, especially Facebook, but not others.

    • Also: ability to mute tabs by right-clicking.

    • Scroll Inactive Windows setting causes problems with my CAD software (creo) so that work around is not an option for me. The behavior did begin with a recent update and it does make me less inclined to use Edge browser.

    • I am having the same VERY frustrating problem with Edge. When I want to scroll up or down the page it scrolls forward or backward through history. I will try re-setting the “scroll inactive windows” option and see if that works.

    • It seems to be working now. Thanks Wotherspoon F.

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