Firefox smooth scrolling

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Firefox is a great web browser and the jewel in open source. However, by default, webpage scrolling is far from smooth. In this post, I will show you how to enable smooth scrolling in Firefox.

INTRODUCTION

There are two ways you can make Firefox scrolling smooth:

  1. To install an add-on.
  2. Change the config files of Firefox itself.

I will show you both ways but I can tell you right now that I prefer the second way.

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1. Install an add-on to for smooth scrolling

First, go to the Firefox menu and click on the Add-Ons button to enter to the add-ons settings.

Accessing to the Add-ons preferences
Accessing to the Add-ons preferences

Then, in the search field, search for the smooth scrolling term. After that, install the Yet another smooth scrolling add on by clicking on the Install button.

Install Yet another smooth scrolling add-on
Install Yet another smooth scrolling add-on

Then, you need to restart Firefox by simply closing and opening it. Once you have done so, you have to access the newly installed Add-on preferences in the Extensions section.

Accessing to the preferences of Yet another smooth scrolling add-on
Accessing to the preferences of Yet another smooth scrolling add-on

So, these are the preferences.

You can improve the Firefox scroll by modifying the values
You can improve the Firefox scroll by modifying the values

You can play with the settings until you find ones you like the most. For example, you can increase the step size, the smoothness and you can adjust the settings for both the mouse wheel and the keyboard.

After this, your Firefox scrolling can be as smooth as you want.

2. Change the config settings of Firefox for smooth scrolling

I always say that there is no need to load your Firefox with additional add-ons if you can just change the settings in Firefox itself. The smoothness of scrolling is one of such settings that can be tweaked in Firefox itself.

In the address bar, type about:config and press enter. If you get the warning message like this, do not worry just proceed.

Access to the Firefox settings
Access to the Firefox settings

Then you need to change the settings. Search for the term mousewheel.min_line_scroll_amount. This setting will change the step of the scrolling. Select it and modify the default value by double-clicking on the value. Set it to 100 and press the OK button.

Set Firefox mousewheel.min_line_scroll_amount to 100, to improve the scrolling
Modify the Firefox mousewheel.min_line_scroll_amount to improve the scrolling

Next, search for general.smoothScroll.mouseWheel.durationMaxMS and set its value to 600.

Modify another Firefox configuration to improve the scrolling
Modify another Firefox configuration to improve the scrolling

And for general.smoothScroll.mouseWheel.durationMinMS type 400. This and the previous settings will adjust the smoothness.

Getting a Firefox smooth scrolling by modifying the settings
Getting a Firefox smooth scrolling by modifying the settings

Finally, restart Firefox and you will experience a faster and smoother scrolling. So, you can quickly get to the top and to the bottom of a web-page just with the mouse wheel and a web-page will move smoothly.

CONCLUSION

I do not know why Firefox does not have such accelerated and smooth scrolling by default. I hope this quick tip was helpful and your Firefox browsing experience is more pleasant now.

Do you know another trick to improve Firefox? Let me know in the comments section.

You can also read more Tips and tricks for your Linux system.

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2 thoughts on “Firefox smooth scrolling

  1. nathan

    Is it possible to make these changes directly to a text file so that one could sort of put their config tweaks into version control?

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