Microsoft Edge Smooth Scrolling

Back in 2019 when Microsoft announced that it would rebuild Microsoft Edge browser based on the Chromium engine, the company also promised it would retain the look and feel of the original version of the browser that was bundled with Windows 10 since 2015.

And while most of Edge Legacy has already moved to the Chromium-based successor, the transition is still under way, with some features still under development to work exactly as they did in the previous version of the browser.

One of them is the scrolling, which as many Windows 10 know already, was absolutely amazing in the legacy version of Microsoft Edge. Everything was super smooth and fluid, and Microsoft wants the same experience to come to the Chromium browser as well.

  • As Microsoft noted, the main goal of this new scrolling system is to b ring Impulse-style (i.e. EdgeHTML-style) scroll animations as an option to Chromium, behind a new feature flag. And that, in turn, means that Google Chrome might also get the Impulse-style scrolling system in the coming days.
  • Apr 02, 2020 In previous releases of Microsoft Edge, we enabled smooth scrolling through tight integration with the operating system Compositor (DirectComposition) and input APIs (Direct Manipulation). This allowed our browsers to introduce class leading smooth scrolling at the time and effortlessly match Windows personality – motion, interaction, looks.

Smooth scrolling comes to android version of edge will the smooth scrolling feature come to android app. The lastest version of android edge is quite laggy when it comes to scrolling pictures.

Of course, this means that other Chromium browsers could benefit from the improved scrolling as well, including Google Chrome, but that’s a completely different story,

In the meantime, as Microsoft works on bringing the old scrolling to the new browser, certain things could be broken down, and this is the case of the latest version of Edge Dev that introduces such a bug.

Ore specifically, scrolling on trackpads or touchscreens in the latest Edge Dev doesn’t work exactly as expected, and Microsoft describes it as a wobbling effect. This only happens on some sites, it says, and while a fix is in the works, you can very well disable the experimental scrolling to bring things back to normal.

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“Some users are seeing “wobbling” behavior when scrolling using trackpad gestures or touchscreens, where scrolling in one dimension also causes the page to subtly scroll back and forth in the other. Note that this only affects certain websites and seems to be worse on certain devices. This is most likely related to our ongoing work to bring scrolling back to parity with Edge Legacy’s behavior, so if this behavior is undesirable, you can temporarily turn it off,” Microsoft says.

Disabling the new scrolling system means you’ll just have to stick with the standard Chromium scrolling, but given the new one experiences issues, this is most likely the better way to go. Of course, this is just a temporary workaround until Microsoft manages to get the scrolling feature right, so you can revert the changes once this happens.

Disabling the Edge Legacy scrolling behavior in the Chromium successor is possible. All you need to do is turn to a dedicated flag that lets you do the whole thing. So the first thing you need to do is type the following code in the address bar to launch the advanced flags screen:


edge://flags
Next, in the search box at the top of the screen, type the following flag name:
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AppIf you just want to use a shortcut, copy the following code and paste it in the address bar of Edge Dev:
edge://flags/#edge-experimental-scrolling
Next, you need to use the drop-down menu for this flag to select the disabled value. A reboot of the browser will be required to save your changes, but when the browser relaunches, everything should be back to normal and the scrolling should work just as expected.

Fix Scrolling In Edge

Microsoft hasn’t provided any ETA as to when it could fix the scrolling in Edge. The next stable release is due in mid-May, while new Dev builds land every week as per the standard release schedule. It remains to be seen when this bug would be corrected, but in the meantime, the aforementioned workaround comes in handy to continue using Edge Dev without the scrolling problem.