Scroll inactive windows when pointing – Windows 10 mouse setting

Microsoft has introduced a new ” feature ” in Windows 10 that ” scroll inactive windows when pointing “. This option is active by default and means that when the mouse pointer changes to inactive windows, the user is still able to scroll within the inactive window . However, with some, especially older programs, there are considerable problems with this option. We have already reported about it, you can find the appropriate contribution under “Focus problems when scrolling in windows in Windows 10”.

You will find the right setting in the Windows settings , which you can reach with the following key combination .

Then you have to go to the “ Devices ” area and then the sub-item “ Mouse ” in the left category bar. The mouse settings window then looks like this.

Scroll inactive windows when pointing - Windows 10

We have marked the corresponding option in red:

Scroll inactive windows when pointing

If you set this option to ” Off “, scrolling in inactive Windows windows is deactivated immediately.

Deactivate Windows 10 scroll function via registry

Since we have to deactivate this option on numerous PCs, we looked for the possibility to deactivate this scrolling option via group policy . Unfortunately, this is also not provided in the Windows 10 Creators Update . So we only had the possibility to distribute the appropriate registry key via GPO . You will find the right entry in the following registry area.

Computer HKEY_CURRENT_USER Control Panel Desktop

The value to be adjusted is called


and defaults to the value ” 2 ” indicating ” active ” or ” a means”. If you want to deactivate the scroll option, you have to set the value to ” 0 “, as you can see below.


If you want to distribute this change via GPO , you must create a central group policy that includes the following.

We edited the value ” MouseWheelRouting ” twice. First, the value is created if it does not already exist. In the second step, the value is overwritten with ” 0 ” if it already exists.

MouseWheelRouting via GPO

It worked perfectly for us. Please try it first with a test user to see whether the group policy is really processed properly.

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