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In my company, I got a new notebook with Microsoft Windows 10. It comes with natural scrolling support on the touchpad: Sliding up with two fingers moves the document up. So far, so nice.

Sadly, if I connect a mouse, there is no such option for the mouse wheel: Moving the mouse wheel up, moves the document down. This is rather confusing when switching between touchpad and mouse. Fortunally, I found the tool X-Mouse-Button-Control which can address this behaviour without admin priviliges.

Now all applications have natural scrolling with mouse button, almost all have natual scrolling with touchpad, but for some strange reason, the touchpad scrolling direction for Microsoft Office365 is changed by the mouse scrollwheel setting of X-Mouse-Button-Control. All other applications I tried are not influenced (as supposed!).

Seems like Microsoft themselves did not follow their own Windows programming guidelines, while everybody else did?! How can I switch off this nonsense behaviour?

  • On all my mice, I can press and hold the roller button, lock it, and scroll up and down. Press it again to unlock. – John Dec 19 '19 at 11:28
  • @John: In which respect is this related to the touchpad problem of Office365? – Philippos Dec 19 '19 at 11:55
  • I lock my cursor (click the mouse roller button), the cursor changes shape, and then the whole mouse scrolls the page just like the touch pad gesture. For Office, I have to click and hold, so that Office is different than web browser. I find it workable enough – John Dec 19 '19 at 13:02
  • @John: I see: You add another proof that Office behaves non-standard. Anyhow I'm looking for a solution to make Office behave like other applications. I don't like to adapt my workflow to different tools. I want the tools to behave like expected. – Philippos Dec 19 '19 at 13:51
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My Windows 10 is offering me an option to change the direction for touchpads easily, but not for Mice.

I have reversed the scroll direction of these before with the Registry (Walkthrough)

Based on the screenshots from the XMBC site (which seems like it is here), XMBC can have many different application profiles, have you double-checked to see if there is a profile for any of the MS Office apps, or are you just using Default?

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Unfortunately, this program is not open source, and based on the FAQ it is mostly just hooking into Mouse events. It is very possible that Office is just directly listening to those Mouse Events as well, and therefore not getting any modified events you are sending it.

Best advice would be to look for vendor options to reprogram, or work with your IT department on that Registry Walkthrough above (Like Logitech options for it's Mice, et cetera)

Changing Touchpad scroll direction with Windows 10 Settings

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  • Thank you for this, but I have only the default profile. And maybe you misunderstood: Office also gets the mouse wheel direction inverted, this part works. The strange thing is: also the touchpad scrolling gets inverted, although the touchpad should not be influenced theoretically. Now it is inverted twice for Office, which is wrong. Deactivating natural scrolling repairs Office behaviour, but is wrong for all other applications, so there is no combination to fit everything. But the registry tweak does the job, you say? I just don't understand why there is no user setting for that. – Philippos Dec 20 '19 at 7:09
  • I mean...... could always just add a profile for Office apps that puts it back to normal – PsychoData Dec 20 '19 at 15:30

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