Make Excel obey the "scroll inactive windows" setting in Windows 10 (resubmitted Aug 2020)
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.
This idea was apparently fixed in 2018 (link below) but perhaps something broke it, as it is present at this time, evidenced also by the long comment thread in the "completed" item.
Please fix this again.
Adding my comment. It seems only the most active window of Excel will scroll.
Using two screens.
Screen 2 has this browser and the most recent Excel window.
Screen 1 has a separate Excel window.
Mouse over the Excel window on Screen 1 and scroll, it's the Excel window in Screen 2 that scrolls.
If both Excel windows are in the foreground, scrolling only occurs on the active window. Which causes no small catastrophe when trying to navigate as I rely on the mouse over scroll behavior and instantly lose my place in the active window.
Windows 10 x64 20H2, Office 2016 x32. When the Excel window is active, scrolling inactive windows doesn't work. When Excel is inactive, scrolling other inactive windows works properly but the Excel window does not scroll. Tried to install all Office 2016 updates I could find from Microsoft, and they all said the update was already installed on my system. Windows Update doesn't report any new updates for Office either.
This simple bug is a major hinderance to my workflow and has existed for several years. I'm only researching it now because I feel like it's a bug that would have affected many other people and I felt like a solution should have been in order by now. Excel is the only program that has this unwanted behavior. Please add an option to force Excel to obey the Scroll Inactive Windows setting in Windows 10.
The problem still exists
I belief there is a windows registry setting that can block that behaviour. Maybe there is one that can allow it?
Please fix this, it's such a huge inconvenience.
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The problem STILL EXISTS on a fully updated Excel 365 and Windows 2004Η2
Not sure if it worked before, maybe I just wasn't trying to do that. But yesterday I put Excel window side by side with another window, and Excel would scroll when active, and not scroll when inactive, regardless of which window the mouse pointer was hovering above. Please fix. Windows Build 18363.1082.
agreed. mine never got fixed back in 2018 either.
Still not fixed! Would love an update here.
Iz Mic commented
Good day, I have found that if I have Excel and Word open, I can scroll through the inactive window.
But the problem comes in when I have two Excel documents open. It only scrolls the active Excel window even when hovering over the inactive Excel window. As stated above, this makes working with data tedious.
Side note: Two Word windows does not have the same problem; I can scroll through the inactive window.