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Enjoy Customizable Smooth Scrolling in Firefox with SmoothWheel

Do you love using smooth scrolling in Firefox but wish that you could make personalized adjustments to it? Now you can with the SmoothWheel extension for Firefox.

Note: Version shown here.

Installation & Setup

Once you have the SmoothWheel extension installed, the best place to start is with the options. In the Options Window there are only two tabs that you need to focus on to make adjustments.

In the “Basic Tab” you can make adjustments for Scroll Speed, Scroll Step Size, hotkey-type options, whether to use your keyboard or not, the option to disable SmoothWheel, and a compatibility mode. Once you have made any changes, simply click the “Apply Button” to immediately try them out before closing the window (very convenient!).


Here you can see the options available in the drop down menu for Scroll Speed.


For Scroll Step Size, you can make your mouse wheel really move that webpage! Notice that not only can you select how much of a page is moved per step, you can also select the amount in screen pixels (terrific!).


With the Advanced Tab, you can make adjustments for Adaptive Duration, Adaptive Step, Bigger Step, Smaller Step, FPS Limit, and Enable Soft-edge. So many options to customize your scrolling experience perfectly!


This is one of the wonderful things about the SmoothWheel extension. If you are uncertain about what a particular adjustment will do, simply hold your mouse over the drop down menu for a detailed explanation (very nice!). This is the explanation for the FPS Limit drop down menu on the Advanced Tab.



This is a wonderful extension for anyone wanting to make some serious adjustments for the way they scroll webpages. No more slow scrolling with this extension working for you!


Download the SmoothWheel Extension (Mozilla Add-ons)

Download the SmoothWheel Extension (SmoothWheel Homepage)

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 08/21/09

Comments (4)

  1. John

    Does anyone knows what parameters should I put in the addon to receive Opera-like scrolling. (The best for my opinion)

  2. Asian Angel

    @John – You might be able to ask the developer if he knows the exact settings that will get it closest to Opera here:

  3. Sylvia

    What is silly about this is that the developer of smoothscroll is asking for donations. He should be asking Mozilla and maybe Microsoft for the donations, since they’re the most likely culprits for why the scrolling is so terrible in Firefox/Windows 7…Certainly it’s not the users who should be footing the bill or even being asked.

  4. peter o

    I have searched & played for hours trying to obtain smooths scrolling in both Chrome &Firefox.
    At last this add-on seems to work really well for Firefox.
    It’s beyond me why something so basic requires a private developer, but thanks to him.
    Highly recommended.

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