Inactive window scrolling:

With windows 10 there is a new feature called inactive window scrolling, which means if your mouse hovers over a window you can scroll on it, without it needing to be the active window.


This feature is pretty great, but it does not work with Microsoft excel. If excel has the focus, you scroll in excel wherever your mouse is.
So most of the time when I am working with excel and browsing in the web at the same time I almost always accidentally scroll my excel table away.

Is there some kind of setting or feature or workaround to fix the problem? Thanks in advance


It appears as though Microsoft addressed this issue in the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17040 for PC

We fixed an issue where inactive window scrolling wouldn’t work if Excel 2016 was in focus.

For those of us not subscribed to Insider Preview Builds, we must wait until Microsoft deems this ready for release. At the time of the original response, the public release is Version 1709.

Public release is now Version 1803, and this appears to be fixed!

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    1709 has already been released and the build you referenced is higher then the 1709 build which means this issue will be addressed in RS4 or 1803. – Ramhound Dec 28 '17 at 4:24
  • @Ramhound when looking at my System Information if got the version number "10.0.16299 Build 16299", that means it is the version 1709. When is the version 1803 supposed to be released? – Florian K Mar 20 '18 at 12:13
  • 17040 is RS4 Insider Preview build. 1803 will be released in April. – Ramhound Mar 20 '18 at 12:32
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    It finally works!! – Florian K Jul 4 '18 at 12:56
  • Broken again in version 1808... – Amos M. Carpenter Jun 24 at 1:43

For all other versions a great workaround is the Wizmouse app with Bring scrolling windows to foreground.

From their website:

WizMouse is a mouse enhancement utility that makes your mouse wheel work on the window currently under the mouse pointer, instead of the currently focused window. This means you no longer have to click on a window before being able to scroll it with the mouse wheel. This is a far more comfortable and practical way to make use of the mouse wheel.

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