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Can I use the middle click mouse button so I can scroll down faster, like in Windows?

When I am in Windows and I press the middle click somewhere I can scroll in, a 4-way pointer shows on the screen, and when I move the mouse in any direction, the window will scroll in that direction even without continuing to press the middle button.

Is there anything like this in Ubuntu? How can I do this, especially in Chrome!

marked as duplicate by Charles Green, karel, Zanna, vidarlo, Eric Carvalho Feb 4 '18 at 16:25

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  • i guess this is related to each separate application. are you talking about internet browsers only? for ff see askubuntu.com/q/908/47206 – user47206 Dec 15 '12 at 15:50
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    Check my answer here. Works with any application without the need of install anything. – Pablo Bianchi Feb 3 '18 at 18:26
  • Maybe it's not a duplicate because some people(me included) would like this feature in non browser aplications, for example Nautilus. – Then Enok Oct 3 '18 at 18:55

It is native in firefox (hurray) , well at least 41.0

goto Preferences/Advanced/General/Browsing/"Use autoscrolling"

  • Yes, those instructions worked for me in Firefox 46.0.1 on Xenial. – mwfearnley May 21 '16 at 12:20
  • Works on Firefox Quantum 60.0.1 for Ubuntu – tisaconundrum Jun 8 '18 at 23:18

The AutoScroll extension for Chrome (Chromium) achieves this. After a single click of the middle mouse button the cursor changes, and moving the mouse in a direction will cause the window to scroll in that direction even without continuing to press the middle button. Scrolling stops when a mouse button is pressed (left, centre, or right).

  • same as the other answer – samgabbay Nov 29 '13 at 15:07
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    Better extension – Gus E Apr 9 '14 at 1:41
  • Works like a charm and without side-effects when opening links in new tab – George Dimitriadis Sep 6 '17 at 10:34

If you are using Chrome or Chromium, you can install this chrome app that will enable you scrolling with only the middle button of the mouse, however you have to continue holding the middle button down while scrolling


Not really. There are some things I have see to make this kind of work, but I have never seen a true working config.

This article looks at adding the ability to scroll using the TrackPoint in a laptop, by adding a config file into the xorg.conf.d/ folder.

The theory should be the same, but I have never personally seen this work the way you want it to.

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