Disable scroll wheel clicking in Firefox

I have one of those Microsoft mice here at work and its wheel is quite
light to the touch. It is so light in fact, that I often click it while
scrolling. By default, clicking the scroll wheel in Firefox puts it
into scrolling mode, showing this icon:

Now when you move the mouse up and down, the page will scroll.

That is so annoying!

It took me over 20 minutes of Googling to find how to disable that feature, so I’m documenting it here.

The option that controls it in Firefox is Tools > Options > Advanced > General > Browsing > Use autoscrolling.

Apparently “auto scrolling” is the name of this obscure feature, which is now forever disabled on all my machines.

22 Comments on “Disable scroll wheel clicking in Firefox”

By Steve. August 14th, 2008 at 13:52

I’d have thought a better fix was to replace your mouse. Unless you are unusually heavy on the wheel it shouldn’t click while you scroll.

By gooli. August 14th, 2008 at 14:04

Yep, that’s the better solution. Not necessarily the geekier one though :).

By Chris. August 14th, 2008 at 21:14

If you install the current Intellimouse driver you can define whatever you want for any button. I for example like the zoom function on the middle button :)

By gooli. August 14th, 2008 at 21:16

You can zoom in Firefox using Ctrl+Mousewheel, can’t you?

By Ilan. August 23rd, 2008 at 14:05

You’d want to use “grab and drag”

to replace the wheel.

(Nu, how’s Ubuntu feel? Hooked yet? ;o)

By Ilan. August 23rd, 2008 at 14:06

Grrr, WP ate the URL. Replace empty line above with:

By Ludi. November 27th, 2008 at 02:32

Excatly what I was looking for!

I scroll with the mouse wheel, and click it to open links in another tab, but sometimes the “autoscroll” gets activated by mistake and instead of opening the link I scroll the page.
Since I don’t use autoscroll, this is a perfect solution for me.

Thank you. :)

By kirkjerk. February 5th, 2009 at 21:13

Thank You!

This was the first Google match for
firefox scroll wheel click
(though that wasn’t my first set of search terms ;-)

My use case was the same as Ludi’s; not “oops, rested my finger” clicks but “oops, just barely missed the link” deliberate clicks.

Annoying! And do people really read at a steady (if adjustable) pace like that? I know I tend to jump, reread, skim, etc.

Thanks! In a small but noticeable way you have made my life better.

By chris. June 23rd, 2009 at 02:36

Thankyou. I love you.

By Harry. August 6th, 2009 at 11:15

Many, many thanks

By sinan.yumak. August 9th, 2009 at 10:47

Actually i was looking for activating autoscrolling feature and i’ve found this blog. Thanks :)

By Hanse. September 19th, 2009 at 23:59

I want do ADD this feature in Safari, do you know if it is possible?

By AJ Bonilla. October 17th, 2009 at 13:54

You’re amazing. Thanks!!!

By pleblanc. November 25th, 2009 at 18:34

Thank you so much! I have been so annoyed with the scroll wheel clicking and going into the ‘autoscroll’ state.

Now if I could only turn it off in all my other applications too…

By John Smitty. January 9th, 2010 at 08:34

Thank God for intelligent people like the original poster. I only had to Google for a couple of minutes and my problem was fixed.

Thank you for sharing!

By Mike. March 10th, 2010 at 20:53

Yeah, Auto-Scroll is pointless and if anything inconvenient. Why would anyone suggest buying a new mouse when this solution does the trick? lol

You don’t get geek points for wasting money!

By max. March 13th, 2010 at 22:46

Thank you this was driving me crazy.

By Jason Gaylor. March 29th, 2010 at 19:52

thank you, thank you, thank you. I just bought a new mouse for this very reason, turns out the scroll click is even more sensitive on this one.

By Bradley. May 13th, 2010 at 09:29

Thank you so much for posting! I was searching and searching, but I thought it was going to be a mouse driver. I didn’t realize it was a Firefox setting.

Aha, now I look a little deeper and it IS a software issue. Hmm, now how to turn it off in Chrome …

But Firefox was the main culprit. Thanks again for taking the time to post.

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