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Google Sheets Smooth Scrolling: 6 Easy Solutions (2024 Update)

How to Enable Smooth Scrolling in Google Sheets

Currently, there's no built-in feature or setting that specifically allows you to enable or adjust the smoothness of scrolling. The scrolling behavior in Google Sheets typically depends on the browser and the system settings of your device.

1. Adjusting Browser Smooth Scrolling Settings

Some browsers have their own smooth scrolling feature that you can enable. 

In Chrome, you can type chrome://flags in the address bar. Scroll down until you find an option called "smooth scrolling" or you can simply type it in the search bar. Click on the dropdown menu beside it and choose "Enabled." Note that this will affect all websites, not just Google Sheets.

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2. Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Instead of using the mouse to scroll, you can use keyboard shortcuts which can sometimes provide a smoother experience.

  • Use the arrow keys to move one cell at a time.
  • Press Page Up or Page Down to move the sheet one screen up or down.
  • Hold the Ctrl (or Cmd on Mac) key while pressing the arrow keys to jump to the edge of the data range.

3. Reducing Lag by Limiting Data

Sometimes, the lack of smoothness is due to the sheet being very data-heavy. Consider:

  • Removing any unnecessary formulas, charts, or conditional formatting.
  • Splitting your data across multiple sheets if you're working with a very large dataset.

4. Using Extensions or Add-ons

There might be browser extensions or Google Sheets add-ons that claim to improve scrolling or overall performance. Be cautious with these, as they can vary in quality and may affect your privacy or data security.

You can use extensions like "SmoothScroll" or "Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller." These extensions can make the scroll smoother in all web pages, including Google Sheets.

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enable smooth scrolling in google sheets

5. Upgrade Hardware or Internet Connection

Sometimes the issue is with the hardware or the internet connection. Using a device with better performance or a faster internet connection might result in smoother scrolling and overall better performance.

6. Disabling or Reducing Graphics Acceleration

In some cases, adjusting your system's graphics settings can impact how smoothly applications run, including browser-based applications like Google Sheets.

We hope that this article has helped you and given you a better understanding of how to enable smooth scrolling in Google Sheets. If you enjoyed this article, you might also like our articles on how to create a folder in Google Sheets and get data from a website with Google Sheets.

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