Rather recently, and with no hardware or substantive software change, the arrow keys do not allow me to "inch" down a webpage forcing me to use the vernier control on the mouse. Windows 7, mostly Dell. Any idea of what is wrong and how to fix it?

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Make sure caret browsing is turned off Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Untick "Always use cursor keys to navigate within pages"

  • my goodness! I feel so foolish and that such a simple solution works so perfectly… <Now to figure out how it got set in the first place>
    – greenber
    Mar 27, 2011 at 11:31
  • you hit F7 and then clicked yes on accident.
    – Riguez
    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:21
  • @greenber , did this fix it ? If so, you should mark it as the answer
    – Dave
    Aug 10, 2014 at 20:46

For me worked just by pressing F7


I found that option was already unticked ("Always use cursor keys to navigate within pages"); toggling it didn't fix the problem. But when I unticked "Use autoscrolling" that fixed it.

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