Make Excel obey the "scroll inactive windows" setting in Windows 10
Make Excel obey the "scroll inactive windows" setting in Windows 10. Currently Excel will scroll when it is an inactive window, but it will not allow other windows to scroll when it is the active window. This makes transcribing data from a source that needs to be scrolled difficult.
Thanx for creating and voting on this folks!
You should see this issue fixed starting with the latest Windows 10 Preview 17133.73 build update on 4/10 (https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/03/27/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-17133-for-fast/) as well as latest Excel Monthly channel 1803 Build 9126.2152 update on 4/11 (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/mt465751.aspx).
Please let us know if you find this still not fixed with these builds (and later).
Mouse wheel scrolling was broken, then fixed, now broken again: cannot scroll inactive Excel windows with the mouse wheel. Sheesh, how hard can this be???
Win10 build 17134.858
Excel 2019 version 1907 build 11901.20176
Excel wont scroll inactive windows when others excel windows are open. Also it scroll in a crazy manner throwing the selected cell to the corners, making it very hard to navigate on big tables.
The old excels used to scroll where the mouse cursor was positioned as should be, not on the selected cell. For instance, look how the Acrobat PDF Reader, or any other CAD software does.
Excel 365, version 1906, build 11727.20244 32 bit
Still/once again broken.
Windows Version 10.0.17763 Build 17763
Excel Version 1906 (Build 11727.20244)
It still does not work. On version 1803 OS build 17134.829
Excel 1905 (build 11629.20246 CTR)
Yes, Scrolling is partly broken again - for the last month or so. One Excel window with one other app still works, but with two Excel windows, only the top one scrolls even if the cursor is over the bottom one. I have version 1905...
(_Please_, Microsoft, make at least one of the displays of the 40+ digits of full-length Product ID copyable!)
Some places call it "Click-to-Run", some call it 365MSO, it was the last version you could actually buy once and be done with it. But it now acts like a service, with login and account and constant online changes. Including breaking the scroll fix we waited so long for!
Can you precise your Excel version, please (2013, 2016, 365).
James Leech commented
Not working for me in a newer version than discussed so far - Excel: 1905 (11629.20246 CTR) + Windows 10 1809 (Build 17763.557)
My Excel 2016 MSO is a paid-once version, and was (finally) fixed yesterday. That update "just worked", but in the past I've had a horrible time getting paid Excel to update. I believe some parts of the update system cannot cope if you _ever_ use a "metered connection". I've seen the update files for at least five new versions queued in the update folder but they won't install. Worse, it kept re-downloading them, over the metered connection, and failing to install each time! Seemed like spending a full day connected to a non-metered connection was the only escape from that. Like yesterday...
I can confirm that this issue is fixed BUT everyone should note that you do need to have both a newer version of 32 bit Office AND a newer version of Windows 10 to benefit. If you type WINVER at the run command you are looking for Windows OS Build of 17133.72 or greater and if you open Excel you need to go to File/Account/About Excel and you are looking for version 16.0.9126.2152 32 bit or greater.
I think you only see the later versions of Office if you are on 365. Anyone not "renting" from MS will be ignored as worthless.
Just received Excel 2016 MSO (16.0.11126.20192) 32-bit, on Win 10 Pro 1803, 17134.523.
All hover scrolling tests work properly, among multiple open Excel windows and other app windows! Thank you for persisting... At least my combination finally works.
Smart Max commented
The issue still not fixed
Excel 2016 x64 on Windows 10 x64, Version 1809, works just fine.
With Excel open (either active or inactive), all other open windows scroll as they should, if the "Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them" setting has been enabled.
Problem seems to have been FIXED!
Temp account commented
Thanks! Now if only I could get my company to update...
Zsolt Domokos commented
Using Office Pro Plus 2016 64 bit, on win10 1803 still DOES NOT WORK.
Ian McLean commented
This appears to be fixed for good in 11001.20074!
Adonal Arrington II commented
I can confirm that the fix only works when using one excel window, if you have multiple excel windows open, inactive scrolling does not work between the two excel windows. So this issue is "half" fixed but still a long ways to go. I am using the latest Office 365 Enterprise and Windows 10 version 1803.
C'mon Microsoft, get it together....
Just installed Office 2019 on Win10 home 10.0.16299 build 16299 and any active Excel window hijacks the scroll wheel so it cannot be used on inactive windows, and the scroll wheel has no effect on inactive Excel windows.
Really, how hard can this be?
Mike Lee commented
excel 2013 (15.0.5075.1000) MSO (15.0.5075.1001) 32-bit
win 10 pro version 1803 (OS Build 17134.345)
any two windows that aren't excel, inactive scrolling works as expected
two windows, one of which is excel:
excel window has focus, excel scrolls no matter which window the mouse pointer is over
other window has focus, nothing happens (neither window scrolls) when hovering over the excel window
it was much better when it worked correctly.
This WAS fixed for a while, but a recent (sometime around Aug/Sep 2018) Office (or possibly Windows) update broke it again. How can MS keep making this same mistake? Only effects Excel, not Word or any other parts of Office (at least of the ones I use).
Currently, the status is as follows:
Word in one window, anything (including Word) in the other window: ok.
Excel in one window, anything other than Excel in the other window: ok.
Excel in both windows: Only active window will scroll.
The "fix" supposedly needs Windows 17133.73 and Excel 9126.2152. I have 17134.285 (64-bit) and 10730-20102 (installed in 32-bit mode), and I still have the behavior described by PH_CH back in May.
One Excel window mixed with other windows scrolls properly. But a second Excel window "below" the working one acts like part of the top Excel instance - scrolling with the cursor there scrolls the topmost Excel window.
I spend a lot of time working with multiple Excel windows. Having to bring each one to the top to scroll it is a frustrating waste of energy.
To get this fixed we need to be very specific which problems we are seeing! "It still doesn't work" is totally ignored by the developers. Is anyone with new enough versions still seeing other scroll issues?