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. Apr 25, 2016 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. Apr 25, 2016 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). Apr 25, 2016 at 22:36
  • @Gilles, ok I've duplicated myanswer from linked asubuntu thread. Apr 26, 2016 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, 2020 at 21:21

2 Answers 2


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
  • My device (Logitech K400) does not have that property.
    – jarno
    Jul 7, 2020 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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