Reversing the Scrolling direction for a Mouse Wheel (Mouse only)
If you decide to use a mouse, reversing the touchpad’s settings will not have an effect on the mouse wheel. To change the direction of your mouse wheel, you need to dig deep into your Windows Registry files. Here’s what you need to do:
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- Press Windows key + R to open a Run dialog. Type in “devmgmt.msc” and hit Enter.
- Expand the drop-down menu within Mice and other pointing devices and double-click on your mouse (HID-compliant mouse).
- Expand the Details tab and use the drop-down menu under Property to select Device instance path.
- Right-click on the path and select Copy, just to be safe. Once the path is copied to your clipboard, you can safely close Device Manager, but make sure you leave the HID-compliant mouse Properties window open.
Note:You can make sure you don’t lose the path by pasting it into a notepad file. This isn’t necessary if you leave the window open.
- Press Windows key + R, type “regedit” and press Enter.
- In Registry Editor, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Enum \ HID.
- Compare the registry keys in HID with the path you’ve discovered in device manager. Once you found a match, click on the folder in Registry Editor to expand it.
- Explore the key further until you get to Device Parameters. Click it once to select it, then double-click on FlipFlopWheel.
- Set the base to Hexadecimal, then modify the Value data to 1. Click OK and Close Registry Editor to save your configuration.
- The changes won’t take effect until you restart your computer or log out and in with your user.
Note: If you want to revert to the default way of scrolling, get back to the FlipFlopWheel in Registry editor and change the Value data to 0.