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What is Slow Scroll - Slow Scrolling - Scroll Lagging?

PC Slow Scroll is a slow scrolling which happens when you click and drag using a mouse wheel or keyboard. The scroll will lag the movement of the mouse or keyboard and it may take 3 seconds to scroll a notch. It is usually very frustrating as it seems to take a whole life-time to scroll a page.

This slow scroll will happens in all applications such as Word, Excel, Notepad or any other program installed in the pc – it can be slow scrolling firefox, slow scroll internet explorer, slow scroll windows XP, slow scroll safari, slow scroll vista, etc.

Naturally, pc slow scroll will happen after you have re-installed or upgraded windows (usually Windows XP) but it is not a problem of Windows only. The cause is because of wrong drivers for your video card. When you do not install the right drivers for your graphic card, Windows will run its own basic graphic drivers which may not work well with your video card resulting in pc slow scrolling.

Dr Hardware pc utility software

Click Image to Enlarge: Dr Hardware is good pc utility software

Click Image to Enlarge: Dr Hardware is good pc utility software

Fix Slow Scroll - Fix Slow Scrolling - Fix Scroll Lagging

To fix pc slow scroll should be easy and straightforward.

1. Go to control panel, internet options, advanced and look for "smooth scrolling". Uncheck the box and click to apply. This may not solve your problem but it’s always good to do this first step first.

2. If No. 1 above does not solve your problem then you will need to figure out what kind of video card or video chipset hardware is in your pc motherboard. Go to control panel, hardware, device manager and look at the yellow “?” Yellow “?” means the device in question has a problem. From here you may intelligently guess the video card you have in your system. It can be manufactured by ATI, nVidia, Intel or any other manufacturer from China. If then you get the manufacturer of you video card then you can go to the website of the manufacturer and download the drivers for your video card free. You can as well open your pc and look at the physical video card/video chipset to see the manufacturer name. But not everybody can be willing to open his or her pc.

3. If you can’t find the make of your video card from number 2 above then the easiest thing for you to do is to download pc utility software from the web which will be able to tell details of all the hardware in your pc. “Dr Hardware” is good pc utility software which you can try by downloading (Google Search - Dr Hardware) the free trial version. Once you run it and you have all the details of the hardware in your pc you can uninstall it. The trial period is ten days. If you like it then you can buy it as your secret tech tool for your pc.

4. Load your Dr Hardware and locate you your exact video card name and go to the manufacturer’s website and download the exact drivers for your video card/video chipset drivers. You do this by loading Dr Hardware and going to devices, video, installed adapters and all the details of installed video card will be listed for you to have.

This should resolve your problem of slow scroll of your pc. Good Scrolling.


B Salem on August 28, 2015:

Thank you unchecking smooth scrolling did the trick. I appreciate your efforts in posting a solution and making it clear to understand.

Olga on May 29, 2012:

It worked, thank you so much for your advice. it was easy to follow too, thanks again

Steve on February 05, 2012:


I'm aware of many tweaks and fixes for a variety of IE issues, but not this one!. Tried it out and works like a dream. I'l be adding this one to my arsenal of solutions.

Keep the good blogging going!



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Rosie on February 02, 2012:

You have given my computer a Super boost

Mike on January 03, 2012:

Unchecking "Smooth Scrolling" definitely helped the situation but there is still a slight lag. Thanks

Crankcase on December 04, 2011:

the 'Uncheck smooth scrolling' may work for IE but it has no bearing on other software, and for me updating to the very latest graphics card drivers from the Nvidia website made absolutely no difference at all to my Windows 7 system. I'm still getting lag in one program, Mixcraft 5.2. Even after uninstalling it and cleaning out the registry before re-installing, it makes no difference.

asia on November 27, 2011:


uncheck smoth scrolling !!!!!

Sky9106 from A beautiful place on earth. on October 14, 2011:

Thanks and Give Thanks

Sokrat on August 31, 2011:

Perfect! I unchecked "smooth scrolling" in advanced settings and it fixed the problem. I noticed I only had the problem in Window's Explorer, and not with Firefox.

Isabelle on August 09, 2011:

Thank you so much for your advice. I had been dealing with the sluggish scrolling for 2 weeks now and couldn't take it anymore. I unchecked the "Smooth Scrolling" option in Internet Options and my problem was solved immediately. Thanks again

Ben on June 07, 2011:

Thank you.

Damn IE9

Phil on May 26, 2011:

Thanks, Unticked "smooth scrolling" and it no longer lags.

Much simpler than a lot of advice on a google search!

running IE9 on Vista.

Will def check your site again. on May 17, 2011:

Thanks! This even worked with IE9. Most other sites don't even mention this simple solution. Weird! Thanks again!

Soham on February 22, 2011:

Thank you very much for the information. I will try them and get back to you with the results. from bear, de, 19701 on August 30, 2010:

good information. like to ready your future hub. thanks for sharing.

helibubba on January 10, 2010:

THANK YOU!! I was about to have a coronary from my blood pressure rising too high. Uncheck "Use smooth scrolling" and the problem went away.

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