How to get Word to scroll smoothly and at the speed you want

Article contributed by Terry Farrell

You can prevent Word (and Excel) from scrolling too fast when you select large blocks of text, and when you use the vertical scroll bar, by adding a  registry Options key entry as follows:

In Word 97: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Word\Options

In Word 2000: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\9.0\Word\Options

In either case, add a new String Value with

Value Name: LiveScrolling
Value Data: 1

Alternatively, you can also do it by running the following line in the VBA window:

System.PrivateProfileString _
("", "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\8.0\Word\Options", _
"LiveScrolling") = "1"

Change 8.0 to 9.0 for Word 2000; or you could make the code version-independent as follows:

Dim DecPlace As Long, AppVer As String
DecPlace = InStr(Application.Version, ".")
AppVer = Left$(Application.Version, DecPlace + 1)

System.PrivateProfileString("", "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\" & _
    AppVer & "\Word\Options", "LiveScrolling") = "1"

Change Word to Excel to fix the problem for Excel as well.

Also see Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q173220 for a description of this hack.

If this fix doesn't help, you'll need to use the shortcuts described here.