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Scroll speed in firebird/firefox

The thread on firebird prompted me to try out firefox, and it is pretty cool.  The one thing that really bugs me is that the scroll speed is much slower than that of IE.  This happens when using the scroll wheel or the up and down arrow keys.  Does anyone know how to change this?  I have searched the online help extensively -- that is one thing that sucks about firefox, lack of docs.  I'm sure it is very powerful but it is undocumented.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

It seems fine to me.  If "smooth scrolling" is checked in the advanced options dialog, then uncheck and see if that makes a difference.  When checked I found scrolling in general to be slower

Satisfied \n User <br> :-)
Sunday, February 22, 2004

Definitely turn off smooth scrolling. It's an "engineer" feature, not an "end user" feature. Dumb ass engineers. :-p

Brad Wilson (
Sunday, February 22, 2004

Firefox docs:

Firefox uses the Windows default scolling size for your mouse wheel. I think the default is to scroll 1 line per mouse wheel click. To change this go into the Windows control panel and select "Mouse". I have it set to 3 lines per scroll.

Jan Derk
Sunday, February 22, 2004

Well, if it uses the Windows default, then IE doesn't.  Because IE scrolls 2-3 times as fast as Firefox and I like this.  I'm sure there is a setting in Firefox, you just have to use that registry-like thing which I remember from a few releases ago.

And smooth-scrolling was off by default.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

I did a very informal test. Setting both browsers to the same height & width and scrolling the JoS forum homepage (which is fairly long). It took around 4 scrolls in IE and 5-6 in Firebird.

Clicking the down arrow in the scrollbar in Firebird requires 1 clicks to get past the FogCreek black bar on top. Clicking it in IE requires 1 click.

So Netscape/Firebird probably does do 3 lines per click movement of the scroll wheel, but each line is shorter.
Sunday, February 22, 2004

OK -- now I know why you were kind of dismissive.  I think I uncovered a bug.  I was reading the documentation you pointed to, and it said that if you press alt and scroll it goes line by line.

I tried that and there was no difference, but when I released alt -- my scrolling was much faster!  It seems like that was the default, and all it took was one use to make it behave correctly.

However, it still doesn't solve the fact that pressing the down arrow only scrolls one line instead of 3 like in IE.  It seems trivial but it makes browsing pages so much easier.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

A related query - I just downloaded and installed version 0.8 of Firefox, having been running version 0.6 for some time. One thing that drives me crazy is the new "feature" whereby the screen is continually updated when the window is resized, causing the contents to leap around the page in an alarming fashion. Does anyone know how to stop it doing this?

Sunday, February 22, 2004

There was a bug with scroll speed on pages with background images. I belive this was fixed before the Firefox release.

fool for python
Sunday, February 22, 2004

Hello all:

I just downloaded Firefox 0.8 for the
first time and really like it.
One problem:  I use a Logitech Trackman
Marble instead of a mouse.  The middle
"button" is a scroll wheel. 

On every other application, it scrolls nicely, about 3 lines per click or
"detente" on the wheel.

In Firefox, the display jumps almost an
entire screen.  Does anyone know how to
adjust this back within Firefox?

I do now want to go into mouse controls,
that will screw up all my other apps.

Please email right away if you have a fix.

Thanks!  - Larry Hatch

Larry Hatch
Monday, February 23, 2004

How do you get a scrollbar back in Firefox 0.8?  I don't have a scrolly mouse and it's really annoying to have to "grab" the page at the top and bottom to scroll.

Erric L. Zdzchowski
Wednesday, March 10, 2004

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