Yesterday my old faithful Logitech B100 wired mouse stopped working and this is when I realized how difficult life can be without a good computer mouse. I quickly ordered another Logitech mouse through Amazon. In the meanwhile I tried working with the touchpad of the laptop but it is not the same as using a real mouse that you can hold in your hands.
One of the things that annoyed me most is the two-finger scrolling gesture that touchpad offers. You can use two fingers and drag them up and down your touchpad to scroll the webpages up and down. While this sounds cool, it is a nightmare with default settings in Mozilla Firefox. No matter how much you drag your fingers on your touchpad, webpages scroll only a little in Firefox. On the contrary, it works great in Chrome browser.
Good thing is that Mozilla Firefox allows you to change how much scrolling is done as you use the mousewheel or the touchpad scrolling gesture. Here is how you can scroll faster in Firefox when using mousewheel or touchpad:
- Launch Firefox browser, enter about:config in the address bar.
- You will see a warning, click on the Accept the risk and continue button.
- In the advanced settings interface, type wheel in the search box to find the setting we want.
- Locate a setting named mousewheel.min_line_scroll_amount , double-click on it and change its value to 50. This will make it scroll 50 lines in one go every time you use the mousewheel or touchpad two-finger scrolling gesture.
- You can close the advanced settings tab now.
You will now notice that when you scroll a webpage in Firefox, it is scrolling faster. This is because the default minimum value is only 5 lines but we have changed it now to 50 lines. You can reset this value back to 5 any time later by following the same instructions and clicking on the “reset” icon next to the setting name.