Scrolling is an activity that Internet users do on a regular basis as screen resolutions are usually not large enough to display web pages without vertical scrolling.
Most users feel that the standard mouse scrolling smoothness of the web browser is fine for their purposes. There are however others who think the opposite. These users install browser add-ons or extensions that they can use to fine tune the mouse scrolling smoothness, so that it gets adjusted to their needs.
The Firefox web browser has quite a few add-ons that offer configuration for the scrolling smoothness of the program. Smoothwheel is one of the add-ons but there are also additional hacks to fix the choppy scrolling in Firefox directly.
The Google Chrome extension Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller provides Google Chrome users with the ability to fine tune the scrolling behavior of their web browser as well.
The configuration provides access to four mouse and keyboard scrolling parameters that can be changed to adapt to the individual needs of the user.
The four available parameters are step size which defines the pixels that are scrolled with each tick of the wheel, the smoothness factor at the beginning and end of the operation, and acceleration sensitivity which defines the step size when the mouse wheel is flicked quickly.
The values can be changed by editing them in the provided forms on the configuration page. The new values become active once the focus is removed from the form they have been entered in. It is usually a good idea to open a website that needs to be scrolled to test the new values and adjust them until they provide a good experience.
If you have the space, open two Chrome browser windows side by side and display the preferences of the extension in one, and a website with some text on the other. This improves testing significantly as you can make modifications on one side, and test them directly on the other without having to switch between tabs first.
You can use the extension to change keyboard scrolling as well which offers the same four parameters that you can modify individually.
Last but not least, you may also modify the value for bouncy edge which brings the bounce feature of iOS to Chrome.
Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller can be downloaded from the official Google Chrome extension repository. It is compatible with the Google Chrome browser as well as most third-party browsers based on Chromium.
It is interesting to note that the extension is a port of the Firefox extension Yet Another Smooth Scrolling extension.
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