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Fix my weird Firefox scrolling issue?
May 6, 2010 8:29 PM   Subscribe

Ugh. My cat walked on my keyboard and now Firefox scrolls funny. Can you fix it?

The up/down arrow and page up/down keys aren't working as intended, though all other methods are still working normally. The keys will do things like jump immediately to the bottom of the page, overrule attempts to scroll back up with forced returns to the bottom of the page, and inserting a blinking text cursor into everything and moving that around instead. Firefox is the only thing having this problem, and it persists after restarting both it and the computer. Please advise; it's cramping my style.
posted by jinjo to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
The blinking text cursor can be resolved by going to about:config and setting accessibility.browsewithcaret to false, I believe. The other stuff is all in there somewhere, though it sounds a bit more involved than smooth/auto-scrolling setup. I would just delete prefs.js and then make the usual GUI/settings customizations again rather than hunt for each individual setting.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 8:35 PM on May 6, 2010


Sounds like caret browsing. Try F7.

Also, check if your scroll lock is on, just in case.
posted by qvantamon at 8:36 PM on May 6, 2010


Go to the firefox preferences area, then go to the Advanced tab, and the General sub-tab. Un-check: "Search for text when I start typing" and "Always use the cursor keys to navigate within pages."
posted by odinsdream at 8:37 PM on May 6, 2010


...Annnnd done! Thanks, folks!
posted by jinjo at 8:40 PM on May 6, 2010


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