Mouse scrolling automatically is an issue that has annoyed Windows users for a long time now. And, users have started to face this issue after upgrading to Windows 11. Here a mouse, whether an external one or your touchpad, goes out of control and starts scrolling without your intervention.
Some Preliminary Fixes To Tackle A Mouse that Scrolls Automatically
- Check for any dirt in the mouse wheel.
- Check for damaged mouse cable.
- In the case of a wireless mouse, if it’s been a while since you changed your batteries, change them.
- Use another mouse or use your existing mouse on some other PC to ascertain the fault
You can even try out these methods not just to fix an automatically scrolling mouse but any other mouse problems as well.
How To Fix A Mouse That Auto Scrolls?
1. Unplug and Replug A Wired USB Mouse
Before you try any advanced measures to fix a mouse that scrolls automatically, unplug your mouse and replug it again, but, try doing that in some other USB port. In most cases, this has helped users fix the issue.
What If It’s A Bluetooth Mouse?
- Open Bluetooth & devices.
- Locate your mouse’s name and click on Disconnect
- Then click on the Connects button again.
2. Restart Your Computer
Sometimes all that you need to solve an issue is to restart your computer. We recommend that before heading on to advanced measures, try restarting your computer and check if you have been able to fix the issue.
3. Tweak Mouse Settings
If your mouse keeps scrolling down on its own, you can try making a few simple tweaks to its settings. Here we have enlisted steps for both Windows 11 as well as Windows 10 users –
On Windows 11-
1. In the Windows search bar, type Mouse settings
2. Click on Open from the right-hand side.
3. Toggle off the switch that says Scroll inactive windows when hovering over them
Apart from the mouse scrolling issue, some users are also facing the mouse constantly clicking issue, here are some ways to fix that.
On Windows 10
1. Press Windows + I key combination.
2. Click on Devices and head to Mouse
3. Here disable Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them.
4. Check If Your Touchpad Is Enabled
Many Windows users prefer using an external mouse even after having a touchpad on a laptop, maybe because an external mouse is stable. What’s your take on this? In this case, there are chances that you might accidentally lay your fingers or hand on the touchpad and wonder why the mouse is moving or scrolling automatically even though you didn’t intend to. You can disable the touchpad mouse by following the steps mentioned below –
1. In the Windows search bar, type Touchpad and click open the Touchpad settings.
2. From the right-hand side toggle the Touchpad switch to off
Unlike what we discussed above, many of us prefer the touchpad instead for features such as two-finger scrolling. And, if that’s not working, check this post for possible fixes.
5. Update Mouse Drivers
Out of multiple reasons why your mouse keeps scrolling on its own, it could be that there are some common issues in your computer that are leading to an automatically scrolling mouse. Secondly, it could also be that there are issues with mouse drivers. In either case, you can use a tool like Advanced System Optimizer.
What is Advanced System Optimizer
As the name suggests, Advanced System Optimizer is a software that can help you optimize your PC for supreme performance. It also helps in cleaning unwanted junk out of your computer. Apart from being a PC optimizer and junk cleaner, Advanced System optimizer also doubles up as a backup tool, driver updater, and many others. You can check out our review to get a glimpse of all these features.
Let’s quickly have a look at how you can fix common issues and update drivers using Advanced System Optimizer.
1. Download, install and run Advanced System Optimizer.
2. From the left-hand pane, click on Smart PC Care.
3. Click on Start Scan from the right-hand side. Follow the on-screen instructions to fix the issues.
How To Update Drivers Using Advanced System Optimizer?
1. Click on the Regular Maintenance option from the left-hand side.
2. From the right, click on Driver Updater.
3. Click on Start Scan Now.
4. To update your mouse driver, locate the driver and click on the checkbox next to it and then click on Update Selected Drivers from the bottom-right of the interface.
Now check if you have been able to resolve the issue.
6. Uninstall Any Recent Updates
It could be that the issue at hand has surfaced after a recent update. In such an event, you uninstall that update and then check if you have been able to fix the issue –
1. Open Control Panel.
2. From the left-hand side click on Installed updates.
3. Against the recently installed update click on Uninstall.
1. Open Settings
2. Click on Update & Security
3. Click on Windows Update
4. From the right, click on View update history
5. Click on Uninstall updates.
6. Right-click on the recently installed update and click on Uninstall.
We hope that your mouse is under your control and it is not scrolling on its own. If you have been able to resolve the issue, do let us know in the comments section below which of the above methods helped you out. For more such troubleshooting tips and other tech-related issues, keep reading WeTheGeek. You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Flipboard, Twitter, and Instagram.
Frequently Asked Questions –
Q1. Why does my mouse keep scrolling down by itself?
There could be multiple reasons why your mouse is scrolling by itself. Dirt stuck in the scrolling wheel, depleting batteries, the latest update, etc are some of the common reasons why your mouse has started to scroll automatically.
Q2. How do I fix auto-scroll in Windows 10?
You can try out ways such as replugging the mouse, tweaking settings, disabling the touchpad (if not disabled), to fix auto-scroll in Windows 10.