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How to reverse mouse and touchpad scrolling direction on Windows 10

Windows 10 Reverse Scroll Direction
Windows 10 Reverse Scroll Direction (Image credit: Windows Central)

On Windows 10, the mouse and touchpad are ubiquitous input peripherals that make navigation and interaction with elements on the desktop a lot easier. However, there's a problem. These peripherals have a default scroll direction (scroll down to move up), which, while it works for the majority of users, it's not the default behavior everyone feels comfortable using.

If you are among those who like pages to move up as you scroll up for a more natural experience, Windows 10 includes an option to reverse the scrolling direction of the touchpad using the Settings app. If you want to change the scrolling direction of the mouse, you won't find an option, but you can modify the Registry to complete the task.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to reverse the scrolling direction of your touchpad or mouse.

How to reverse touchpad scrolling direction on Windows 10

Windows 10 supports reverse scrolling only on computers with a precision touchpad. If the option isn't available, you may still be able to change the scrolling behavior using the manufacturer's software for the peripheral.

To reverse the touchpad scrolling direction through Settings, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Devices.
  3. Click on Touchpad.
  4. Under the "Scroll and zoom" section, use the drop-down menu to select the Down motion scrolls down option.

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Once you complete the steps, using the scrolling up gestures on the touchpad will scroll pages in the downward direction for a more natural experience.

How to reverse mouse scrolling direction on Windows 10

If you use a mouse to navigate the Windows 10 desktop, the Settings app does not include an option to reverse the scrolling direction. However, you can still modify the scrolling behavior using the Registry.

Warning: This is a friendly reminder that editing the Registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don't do it correctly. Before proceeding, it's recommended to make a full backup of your computer.

Identifying mouse information

To identify the mouse identification number, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager, click the top result to open the app.
  3. Expand the Mice and other pointing devices branch.
  4. Right-click the active mouse and select the Properties option.

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  1. Click on the Details tab.
  2. Use the "Property" drop-down menu and choose the Device instance path option.
  3. Confirm the "VID ID" value for the mouse — for example, VID_0E0F&PID_0003&MI_01.

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After you complete the steps, continue with the steps below to modify the Registry to reverse the mouse scrolling.

Reverse mouse scrolling direction

To use the Registry to reverse the mouse scrolling direction, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for regedit and click the top result to open the Registry Editor.
  3. Browse the following path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID
  4. Expand the key (folder) that matches the "VID ID" of your mouse — for example, VID_0E0F&PID_0003&MI_01.
  5. Expand the available key.
  6. Select the Device Parameters key.
  7. Double-click the FlipFlopWheel DWORD and set the value from 0 to 1.

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  1. Click OK.
  2. Restart your computer.

Once you complete the steps, when you scroll up with the mouse wheel, the page should also scroll up.

If you change your mind, you can always revert the changes to their original settings using the same instructions, but on step 7, make sure to set the value from 1 to 0.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

50 Comments
  • I only see:
    Primary mouse button,
    Roll the mouse wheel to scroll
    Choose how many lines to scroll each time,
    Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them...
    Is this only for surface?
  • Yes, it's for Surface. Yet another badly written WC article where users must fill in these omissions on their own.
  • Not only for Surface. I do this on a Dell laptop and for the touchpad on the keyboard for my Dell Venue 11. I think it has to do with either the capability or the drivers for your device. I'm not sure I agree about what is default and what is 'reverse' though. I set mine to 'reverse' to get the affect where I slide fingers on the touch pad the same direction I would slide fingers on the screen. Up (away from me) on the touch pad is like swiping up on the screen. To my mind that moves the page up, I see stuff that is lower on the page. I think some would call that scrolling down.
  • Hmm it could be only available for devices with precision touchpad. Thanks for pointing it out.
  • It is, actually, only available for devices with precision touchpad, if you don't have one, you won't see it.
  • There is a tiny app on GitHub called flip flop Windows wheel or something similar that does the same thing. Hard to believe this is still not built into ALL Windows, but Microsoft are hardly known for consistency or genius.
  • After years of default acrolling I think this wouldn't be natural for me.
  • Default for me... It's a lot like moving a sheet of paper up to see what's on the bottom of the page. But I guess people have their own rationale for their preferences as well.
  • I like to scroll up on a touch pad (default) bit scroll down with a mouse wheel
  • me too, i rarely use mouse tho (my fingers must hate me, they are hurting right now) :/ i also see it as moving paper :D  
  • yep, default for me too even before w10 using asus smartpad settings to override the default behavior.
  • The paper thing is how I thought of it too. I was used to the old scroll down to go down thing, but I've not had an issue switching the direction. Good to include the option though.
  • I used to do the same but with my Dell Touchpad's included software. Nice to have it integrated in Windows too.
  • This would be useful for me. I always end up scrolling down when i want to scroll up.
  • I'm confused. Every windows I've ever had including 10 is down scroll for down as default. Why on earth would up be down as default????
  • Default is down for up, up for down.
  • Yes, I always visualized scrolling down to see what is further "down" in the content.
    That does mean that the content would move "up" inside the display.
  • Only for touchpad, a scroll wheel on a mouse, down is down and up is up.
  • It's like flying an airplane.
  • So much for "one version of windows 10"
  • What does this even mean? The hardware doesn't support the setting, why the hell would they include the option?
  • People with inversed scrolling on the mousewheel are obviously inherently evil, like left handed people, or people with an outie bellybutton.
  • LOL
  • And people without inverted controls for 3D games are even worse. Though why they call the obviously correct manner "inverted" escapes me. :-P
  • Aww hell no! I press down to go or look down, not up! :) It's like pressing "S" or down arrow to walk forwards :P
  • The first games I played from a first person perspective with 3D motion were things like flight sims, and Descent, so it has always felt more natural to me to treat the controls like I'm actually controlling a joystick on the back of the characters head, hence inverted.
  • happens everytime i go to the Apple Mac Laboratory on my College >@< I then enter config and change the settings... but next time i have to go, someone reseted it. FFS
  • I changed this and this seems good, similar behavior on a touch laptop. The setting though was hidden inside somewhere in Microsoft Mouse Center. It seems the setting will work only on Microsoft mice hardware.
  • I didn't have to mess with mine it was up for up down for down by default
  • For those who don't have that option, download the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center (Google/Bing it). In there, go to Wheel > Flip scrolling direction > On/Off
  • I use this with my Microsoft Sculpt Comfort Mouse - works great!! 32Bit:  http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/F/8/4F86F636-3C0B-46CF-ADD8-25D6597074E6/MouseKeyboardCenter_32bit_ENG_2.5.166.exe 64Bit:  http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/F/8/4F86F636-3C0B-46CF-ADD8-25D6597074E6/MouseKeyboardCenter_64bit_ENG_2.5.166.exe
  • Hey Rahul I downloaded this however it says: No Supported Device Detected Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center cannot detect a Microsoft device connected to your computer. Is this software for a touchpad or only for an external mouse?
  • I don't have a precision touchpad and have to go into the "Additional Mouse Settings" area to make the change.  That's all fine and good ... except EVERY SINGLE TIME THAT I REBOOT IT GOES BACK TO THE DEFAULT. It's aggravating to have to redo this every single time and I so wish they would fix this.  W10 remembered so much when I upgraded from W7 that this oversight annoys.
  • omg that's awfullll maybe that is what happens on my college mac labs :C it hurts my brainnnnn
  • It seemed to do that for me as well, but seems to have stuck lately. Maybe some update fixed it. The devices I have Win 10 are fast ring, so maybe I'm a bit ahead?
  • Hey Tjarren Did you find the option of reverse scrolling in additional mouse settings. Cos I couldn't. It'd be great if you could tell me where you found that option.   Cheers Ian
  • Why should anyone need this ?!
  • Because some of us like the opportunity to set it so it makes sense to us. If you would rather someone else tell you how it should be, there is always Apple.
  • A while back Apple switched the behavior to do this. I decided that this actually made more sense. I'm moving the page not the side-bar (if that makes sense). The problem was whenver I go to use a Windows computer, my brain now thinks it is backwards.
  • It is because we are all using touch screens now. We want the scroll to work in the same direction with a mouse wheel or track pad as it does by swiping up or down on a tablet or smart phone. We had all been doing it backwards for dacades. Who knew! But in all seriousness, once you get used to scrolling this way, it is impossible to go back. Not offering the option is just one of those little things that is killing Microsoft one user at a time.
  • Yes, agreed totally.  Also, my right hand is controlling my mac mouse, whereas my left hand is controlling my windows mouse, so I would kinda like this action to be the same.... When I am srolling a register with my left hand, it's really hard to feel intuitively which way I am scrlling.  My hands are ambidextrous, but my brain is not....  
  • If the option is missing, you can change a registry key to do the same thing.  https://superuser.com/questions/310681/inverting-direction-of-mouse-scro...
  • Date:  March 4th 2016 I googled the Jamie Pate flipwheel.exe option for my windows 10 installation and had a read around.  Took one minute.  I went to  github and downloaded and opened Jamie's flipwheel.exe.  Took 1 minute. I didn't need to do a masters degree in registry hacking.  It just worked.  Thank you Jamie. I wish the rest of this discussion thread could be deleted.  It is such a confusion. Jamie Pate.  Flipwheel.exe.  Google it! Thanks again Jamie!    
  • Has anyone else had this problem: I have un-reversed the scrolling direction (I find it ironic that the default is called "reversed") so that when I scroll in my browser or in ANY other program, down means down. HOWEVER, when windows pops up a window (What app would you like to use to open this file? Control Panel settings, etc) all windows (the on-screen frame) that are actuallyl interfacing with Windows (the operating system) are still reversed.
  • So I've had Windows 10 for a while with inverted scrolling and everything was working just fine, but today I opened my laptop and found that it was turned off. So I followed these instructions to find where it would be in my settings so I can turn it back on and found that the option is just gone? Its just really difficult to navigate around my computer. The only option I have under under 'Touchpad' is the reaction delay. Does anyone have any clue how to fix this?
  • I don't know what kind of computer you have, but my ASUS lets me turn on and off the touchpad with FN + F9
  • THAT VIDEO IS REALLY HELPFULL FOR ME YOU GYZ MUST WATCH TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcYFRDuIFuU
  • The button on the image in section 2 that I am supposed see DOES NOT EXIST when I go to touchpad settings. And this happened after the most recent update! Please fix this as soon as possible, I don't want to get used to the other method!
  • If you have not solved this yet, search up the same question for the company of computer you have, not just windows 10.
  • Try looking in the bottom right of your screen near your clock and volume icons. There should be (the last icon to the left) a little arrow pointing up (looks like this ^). Right click that, and one of the icons in the box that shows up should be about your trackpad. You can tell which one because when you touch your trackpad it should show up on the icon. Double clicking that trackpad icon should open a new window with all of the settings and options for your trackpad. Now where the setting for two finger scrolling is depends on who makes your computer but it is usually fairly easy to find and change. Hope that helps.