Updated: 05/23/2017 by Computer Hope

Scrolling or to scroll is the act of moving the visual portions of a window up, down, left, or right, to see additional information on the window. In the example below of a Microsoft Windows window the user could scroll up and down using the vertical scroll bar and then left and right using the horizontal scroll bar.

Scroll bars on a window

Mouse tip: Use the wheel on your mouse to scroll up and down on a web page.

Keyboard tip: Press the spacebar to scroll down one page at a time when reading a web page. Press the Shift key and spacebar at the same time to scroll up one page at a time. The page up and page down keys can also be used to move up and down one page at a time.

Touchscreen tip: On a touchscreen device swipe your finger up or down to scroll the screen up or down. Swiping up scrolls down and swiping down scrolls up.

Horizontal scrolling, Operating system terms, Scroll lock key, Vertical scrolling