You must have noticed while browsing the internet that web pages scroll up or down usually three lines at a time. This scrolling behavior can be observed when you use one notch of the mouse wheel or a single key stroke on the keyboard.
While it’s not a serious problem, there is always a chance that you could get irritated and lose concentration while reading a lengthy article. You want the scrolling to be smooth, don’t you?
We have talked about smooth scrolling before when we showed you how to activate/deactivate it on Firefox. Generally, this feature ships with almost every browser out there. Unfortunately, it has not been built-in to Chrome as yet. Worry not, it is available as an official experiment and we will help you figure out how to turn it on.
As we already said, smooth scrolling on Google Chrome is an experimental feature and is not supported against any malfunction. Here’s the disclaimer from Google.
Step 1: You will need to access a hidden Chrome page by using one of its chrome:// URLs. Type in chrome://flags on Chrome’s address bar and hit Enter.
Step 2: That will open Chrome’s experiments page. Scroll down till you come across the option for Smooth Scrolling.
Step 3: In order to enable the experimental smooth scrolling implementation, click on Enable. When you do that a horizontal pane will appear on the bottom of the browser. Click on the button reading Relaunch Now so that Chrome restarts and the changes take effect.
Based on you browsing habits, you may or may not notice any difference in browser behaviorafter enabling the feature. But once you get in to reading some article and using the scroll, you will know what it means.
Cool Tip: Google chrome:// URLs are very similar to Firefox about:config preferences. You can discover a lot of hidden features at these places. You can play with them while being careful that you do not spoil anything.
Smooth Scroll offers a settings page wherein you can define the frame rate, animation time, and stride size per scroll. And, if you wish you may apply the settings to mouse scroll only or keyboard too. Here’s the settings page preview.
While Google has been a little late in plugging in this feature, I am sure it will be placed under the settings page some day. Till then, use the experimental feature and make yourself comfortable, or tell us if you prefer to use the Smooth Scroll extension. Here’s to smoother scrolling on Chrome!