When I press middle mouse button, it opens:

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It is so difficult to control the scrolling. Is there any way to disable this?

  • tsk, no hand drawn circle?
    – hyperslug
    Sep 21 '09 at 6:30
  • @Hemant, Chrome I assume?
    – hyperslug
    Sep 21 '09 at 6:39
  • Yes. I am using Chrome.
    – Hemant
    Sep 21 '09 at 6:39
  • Obvious answer: Can't you just not press the middle button then? Sep 21 '09 at 7:45
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    I need to press it to open the page in new tab, but sometimes this scrolling is enabled accidentally.
    – Hemant
    Sep 21 '09 at 8:11

Update 27 Jul 2020: It appears that the following extension is no longer in the Chrome Store. I still have it installed and it was not removed. I'm looking into whether I can find out more info...

For those interested, the entirety of the source for the extension is as follows. This may also work as a Tampermonkey user script.

var target;

window.addEventListener('mousedown', function(mouseEvent) {
  if(mouseEvent.button != 1)
  target = mouseEvent.target;

}, true);

There's an extension named (incorrectly) "No Smooth Scrolling" which disables this:


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    As of Version 33.0.1750.154 Stable for Windows, restarting Chrome is not necessary to take effect, only refreshing the page. Do you mind if I suggest edit to your answer?
    – yurkennis
    Apr 8 '14 at 21:29
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    Doesn't need a browser restart, but does need a page reload.
    – Bob Stein
    Feb 10 '16 at 5:35
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    This worked for me too, and yes it did require a page reload before it started to work. But come-on Chrome developers, an extension should NOT be required to turn off this 'feature', it should have been an option in the first place and one disabled by default IMHO, but should had always been an option. Aug 10 '16 at 23:19
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    I wish I could upvote this more then 1 time, I really disslike the smooth scrolling feature and you just made my day, thank you.
    – Don
    Jan 1 '18 at 11:28
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    This link no longer works.
    – mhsmith
    Jul 25 '20 at 20:37

The No Smooth Scroll 2 Chrome Web Store extension (which is similar to the no-longer-available extension No Smooth Scrolling) successfully disables middle-button-automatic-scrolling in Chrome 89 on Windows, but continues to allow other middle-button actions (open link in new tab, close tab, etc.)

The extension's source code is:

document.addEventListener("mousedown", function(mouseEvent) {
    if (mouseEvent.button != 1) {
  • Worked on Chrome 92 / Windows 11 after restarting Chrome.
    – Bob Stein
    Aug 1 at 23:44

Get the latest drivers for your mouse and see if you can reassign the wheel click to a macro through its settings.

It should be reassigned to: Middle-click [very short sleep] ESC

If you can't get drivers with this feature, I suggest you write a very simple script in Autohotkey to do the exact same thing.

It should look something like this:

#IfWinActive ahk_class Chrome_WidgetWin_1
Click Middle
Sleep 10
Sendinput {ESC}

In your mouse control panel, you need to disable the middle button, if it will allow you to.

The multi-directional cursor vs a standard up/down cursor should also be because your window is too small, and has both vertical and horizontal scroll bars.

If you make your window bigger, the scroll should only be up/down :)

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    He'll probably want to keep middle button for stuff like Open link in new tab.
    – hyperslug
    Sep 21 '09 at 6:33
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    Yeah...Cant loose "Open link in new tab". Just want to disable the scrolling.
    – Hemant
    Sep 21 '09 at 6:41
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    I guess you're at a loss then. Chrome isn't exactly a very configurable browser. And yes, middle-click scrolling there sucks (it's interestingly also magnitudes slower than normal scrolling, I just wonder why). You might be able to rip that functionality out of the source and build yourself but for a project that size it's not a pretty task to do.
    – Joey
    Sep 21 '09 at 6:55
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    You can post a feature request here: code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/…
    – hyperslug
    Sep 21 '09 at 7:00
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    I control-click for Open in New Tab :)
    – warren
    Sep 21 '09 at 12:14

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