I'm not exactly sure how to formulate this, however:

When I scroll using mousewheel or two-finger touchpad gesture, the page in Chrome or Firefox continues scrolling for a bit after I've put my fingers aside from touchpad or mouse.

I don't want this feature in my system, and I'm not sure how is it called. This feature sometimes leads to unwanted behaviour, e.g. if I use ctrl-hotkey in a short sequence after scrolling, page zooms, even though I don't scroll at the time.

2 questions - how this thing is called, and how do I disable it entirely without disabling wheel/touchpad scrolling?

  • I found a person with same problem: askubuntu.com/questions/640444/stop-scrolling-on-fingers-up but this thread only encourages to "disable scrolling", which is not something I would want to do. – Mikhail Krutov Apr 25 '16 at 12:39
  • I've found the solution for the problem (answered on ubuntu questions); not sure if I should duplicate the answer here. If possible, this question should be removed or set as duplicate of linked question. – Mikhail Krutov Apr 25 '16 at 12:46
  • Please post the answer here. There's no mechanism for closing a question as a duplicate of a question on another site because different communities tend to give different answers (for example, we tend to use the command line and configuration files, whereas Ask Ubuntu favors GUIs). – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Apr 25 '16 at 22:36
  • @Gilles, ok I've duplicated myanswer from linked asubuntu thread. – Mikhail Krutov Apr 26 '16 at 6:27
  • If you use X, this repository may help you in avoiding accidental zooming without totally disabling mousewheel/touchpad scrolling. – jarno Oct 1 at 21:21

Feature is called "Coasting speed". To disable it you can use:

xinput --set-prop --type=float "<your device>" "Synaptics Coasting Speed" 0 0

to list devices you can use:

xinput list

alternative variant (for touchpads) is synclient options (there are 3 of them):

CornerCoasting          = 0
CoastingSpeed           = 0
CoastingFriction        = 0
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  • My device (Logitech K400) does not have that property. – jarno Jul 7 at 14:10

Alternative variant #2, as xinput changes are temporary within a session:

In order to make changes permanent, do this:

  1. Run xinput and find your mouse/touchpad name there.

  2. Put a file with this content into /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ directory:

    Section "InputClass"
      Identifier "Disable Synaptics Coasting"
      MatchDriver "synaptics"
      MatchProduct "<(part of) your device's name>"
      Option "CoastingSpeed" "0"

For a full and detailed list of options for synaptics driver, check this page:


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