Setup the mouse scroll wheel speed

Setup the mouse scroll wheel speed

Perhaps many are faced with the problem of the too fast scrolling of the mouse wheel. In this article we will try to solve this problem.

My very good friend asked me to help him install Linux Mint beside Windows 10. After the installation he enjoyed it, but a quick scroll through pages in any application was very bad for my friend. I began to look for a solution. After a short search I found the IMWHEEL utility (available in the standard repositories). And found a convenient solution for use of this utility.

I do manipulations ,for example, my favorite shell to Cinnamon. Be sure to check whether the settings of scrolling in your shell. In my opinion, I’ve heard that those settings are in the KDE shell. But I could be wrong.

TESTED ON LINUX MINT 18.3

1. Install IMWHEEL

sudo apt install imwheel
2. I found an interesting script that facilitates the configuration utility. (Thanks to Nick from http://www.nicknorton.net/?q=node/10)
install this script (single command)
cd ~/; wget https://goo.gl/49LhhE -O imwheel-script.sh; chmod +x imwheel-script.sh; sh imwheel-script.sh; exit

Setup the mouse scroll wheel speed

3. Startup. To utility imwheel worked at every system startup, add imwheel to startup list.

Setup the mouse scroll wheel speed

On my computer it worked after reboot.

Many wireless mice scroll wheel begins to work normally once unplugged the USB and plug in again.

Good Luck!!!

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Oscar Baksa
Oscar Baksa
2022 years ago

"Many wireless mice scroll wheel begins to work normally once unplugged the USB and plug in again."
= worked for me !!!
Thanks

Milton
Milton
Reply to  Oscar Baksa
1 year ago

Same happened to me. unplug and plug again!

Shekin
Shekin
2022 years ago

333onk,
This is not my script. You can download it and see what inside.

Roger S
Roger S
2022 years ago

Your program will change the mouse wheel speed which was way to slow on my Logitech wireless mouse. But still have a problem with the mouse behavior. When scrolling, there is no movement of the mouse for 3 to 5 turns, then it will move but then again have go 3 to 5 turns again. Am I having problems because I don\’t have the proper drivers?
x32 Linux Mint 18.1 Mate

Shekin
Shekin
2022 years ago

Roger S,
Did you try unplug=>plug your mouse?
Maybe should try install another kernel

Roger S
Roger S
2022 years ago

I did try unplugging and plugging in my mouse. I am a newbie to Linux, had the store install Mint, Though I did update myself from 18 to 18.1. I don\’t know what \”kernel\” means.

Shekin
Shekin
2022 years ago

Roger S,
Kernel have drivers for most popularecent devices. Try install 4.6 and may be 4.10
https://mintguide.org/tags/kernel/
Try 4.6.6 first. Follow instructions. After reboot unplug and plug your mice. And check.

Roger S
Roger S
2022 years ago

Would it help first to know which kernel I already have? How would I check that?

Shekin
Shekin
2022 years ago

Roger S,
Type in terminal:

uname -a
Roger S
Roger S
2022 years ago

I have 4.4.0

Shekin
Shekin
2022 years ago

Roger S,
I know))) just try another kernel, you can change it via linux mint settings as well.
Menu>update manager>view>kernels.
Just click on kernel and press install. Then reboot PC. Check uname -a again

Roger S
Roger S
2022 years ago

The warning kind of scares me. I do not know how to recover a non-booting computer.

Shekin
Shekin
2022 years ago

Roger S,
Do this from linux mint sethings. And all will good, don\’t worry

Roger S
Roger S
2022 years ago

There are several versions available in the Mint settings 4.4, 4.8, 4.10

Shekin
Shekin
2022 years ago

Good, install 4.8… reboot.. check….

Roger S
Roger S
2022 years ago

I am installing 4.8.0-51 now

Shekin
Shekin
2022 years ago

Yes)))

Roger S
Roger S
2022 years ago

Re-booting now

Mouse still acts the same with the new kernel. Try another?

Shekin
Shekin
2022 years ago

Why not

And check
uname -a

Roger S
Roger S
2022 years ago

Trying 4.10.0-20 now

Still the same – uname -a shows a successful install. The mouse is about 3 years old now, if that makes a difference. It worked fine with the Centos operating system I first had on this computer, if I remember right. This was my secondary computer and I never did actually use it much because I was pretty lazy about learning Linux. When my primary went down I had the store change me to Mint because they were saying it was easier to learn.

Shekin
Shekin
2022 years ago

Roger S,
I can\’t say for sure why you have such a problem. perhaps your mouse is poorly supported. I have such a problem has never been as in your case. about the centos system is more suitable for servers and not for home use. maybe you should try – kernels or 4.0 or 3.9?

Roger S
Roger S
2022 years ago

I\’ve got to give up for the night. Perhaps I\’ll just go buy a new mouse, one that says it is Linux supported. But I\’ll try those kernels first.

Thanks for the help.

Michael Livote
Michael Livote
2022 years ago

This was a great fix for 18.1 Cinnamon, thanks! I set mine to 5 on my desktop, but 4 worked just fine on my laptop. This is why I love Linux so much, the best help on the web!

MarcoB
MarcoB
2022 years ago

but how to get the "wheelies" GUI after the initial script? I can't run the imwheel-script.sh afterward initial pull from the URL

Yegor
Yegor
2022 years ago

The script works fine, however it was breaking my back/forth side buttons.
I fixed it by changing
imwheel -kill
to
imwheel -kb "4 5"
in the script. It basically tells imwheel to only affect the wheel, hence -b flag with "4 5" options for up/down scroll respectively.

john
john
2022 years ago

thanks, this worked perfect in 18.3!

Xander
Xander
2 years ago

Didn’t work for me on 19.2 Xfce 🙁

Klemen
Klemen
1 year ago

For me it works when I turn the mouse off and on again.

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Jay-flow
Jay-flow
1 year ago

It’s an old article, but it’s for those of you who are still watching.
The download path of imwhee-script.sh has been changed.
And for debugging, I think it’s easy to find the cause when the bottom is a little more problematic than the command input written above.
The final command is as follows.

cd ~/ && wget http://www.nicknorton.net/mousewheel.sh -O imwheel-script.sh && sudo chmod +x imwheel-script.sh && sh imwheel-script.sh

jmoyet
jmoyet
Reply to  Jay-flow
1 year ago

cant get mine to work. Linux Mint 20.1 xfce

after i did your commant it gave me this at the end

“This option is not available. Please see –help for all possible usages.
imwheel-script.sh: 33: [: unexpected operator
INFO: imwheel started (pid=7690)”