Change default action for Shift+Wheel to scroll horizontally

Confirmed Issue #14286074 • Assigned to


Philipp R.
Oct 18, 2017
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  • Microsoft Edge
  • Internet Explorer
Reported by 8 people

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Steps to reproduce

Current default action:

Shift+Wheel navigates the history (the same as Firefox, see this 16-year-old issue).

Proposed default action:

Shift+Wheel fires a horizontal wheel event as its default action.


Convincing Mozilla & Microsoft to change the default action would allow sites to use Shift+Wheel as a horizontal scrolling interaction trigger per common convention with wide support across browsers. This functionality is common not only to web browers but also graphic applications.

This is necessary as a regular mouse (as it is still very common) only offers means of scrolling vertically.

In the aforementioned issue in the Mozilla issue tracker, there has been some movement lately, to change the default action as proposed.

Further Considerations:

Without this, there is no way to trigger horizontal scrolling via a vertical mouse wheel, as one can’t synthesize a custom, thus trusted event, that would do so. The Shift modifier key is also the only key that is available for this kind of interaction. Ctrl+Wheel commonly zooms the page. Alt+Wheel is used by Ubuntu for window dragging. This cannot be prevented.

Note that I marked this as affecting standards compliance. If this is strictly for issues conflicting with an existing spec, then I’m sorry and this flag needs to be removed.


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    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Assigned To to “James M.”

      Changed Assigned To to “”

    • Firefox Nightly just shipped this. Shift+Wheel now has horizontal scrolling as its default action.

    • Microsoft Edge Team

      Changed Status to “Confirmed”

    • Yes! Navigating in the Azure Portal is bearish this way!

    • is this solve yet? if Microsoft plans to keep the shift+wheel combination to go back and forth between pages then it’s fine by me, i just need to know if there is any existed ways that you can scroll horizontally with your mouse scroller. thanks

    • I believe Edge is the only application I use at all that doesn’t work this way. Please at least let us know if you plan to change this or add the option to change this setting.

    • Having to deal with some nasty UI’s, I am unable to scroll horizontally in a nested frame (with its own nested scrollbars) because of this irregular behavior in IE.

    • The latest Windows 10 update seem to have disabled the Shift+Wheel functionality. The only way to go forward or backward now is via the left and right arrows.

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