Thanks to extensions, browsers like Firefox and Chrome can be tailored to suit the needs of the individual users. Once a mere component of the wider computing experience, our browsers are like an OS unto themselves, and every element – irrespective of whether it may be aesthetic or function-related – can be adjusted by means of the many thousands of extensions available.
Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller for Windows and Mac, which is a port of the Firefox extension Yet Another Smooth Scrolling (YASS), allows you to completely adjust the smoothness, speed, bounce, and general comfort of scrolling when using Google Chrome, and given that we spend a great deal of time scrolling through Web pages on a daily basis, this is one extension that everybody should check out. It even includes iOS like edge bounce feature which we are so accustomed to using on iPhone and iPad.
You may have presumed that in order to fine-tune the experience of scrolling up and down a Web page, that you’d have to consult the settings of your trackpad, mouse, or keyboard. But this simple, yet very effective Chrome extension shows that scrolling optimization is well within its jurisdiction, offering a robust set of tools simplified by means of separate sliders for both keyboard and mouse.
It’s nicely put together, simple to use, and constantly updated, with the developer always seeking new ways to make scrolling even more enjoyable for those running Chrome. Once installed, you get your customary icon in the right-hand corner of the browser, and by right-clicking, you can check out the extension’s options, allowing you to make the necessary adjustments.
What I particularly like about Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller is that it allows me to be incredibly lazy when browsing long pages. Often, I like to skip to the end of a story, and the only thing I find more tedious than reading through endless filler is the scrolling involved in reaching the bottom of the page. Sure, I could, and often do use the nav-bar along the side to jump, but with Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller installed, I can speed up scrolling so that with a little flick, I’m jumping from top to bottom with as little exertion as possible.
Whatever your scrolling needs may be, Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller will allow you to make adjustments to your heart’s content, and provided that you’re running Chrome, you can grab it via the link below.
(Download: Chromium Wheel Smooth Scroller for Windows and Mac on the Chrome Web Store)