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How To Get Scroll To Next Picture Function Back In The Photos App In Windows 10

The Photos app in Windows 10 allowed users to go to the next or previous photo by scrolling the mouse wheel. Users were not happy with this functionality. It was likely due to Windows Photo Viewer, the default photo viewing app in Windows 7 which allowed users to zoom in/out with the scroll wheel. Microsoft gave users what they wanted with an update to the Photos app and replaced the scroll wheel’s next/previous photo function with the zoom function. Users are now complaining they liked it the way it was before. Microsoft isn’t likely to add the functionality back but you can get it back with a simple AutoHotkey script.

If you’ve upgraded to the latest version of the Photos app, moving the scroll wheel with your ┬ácursor positioned over the photo lets you zoom in/out.


You must have AutoHotkey installed to use this script. Simply copy and paste the following to the notepad, and save it with the AHK file extension. You can name it whatever you like.

Quit the Photos app and then run it again. The scroll to next/previous photo functionality will be restored.

SetBatchLines, -1
#SingleInstance, Force

#If MouseIsOver("ahk_class ApplicationFrameWindow")

MouseIsOver(WinTitle) {
MouseGetPos,,, Win
Return WinExist(WinTitle . " ahk_id " . Win)

This script has been written by Reddit user lblb_lblb. It works flawlessly.


Users complained about the scroll wheel functionality originally because it was different from how the Windows Picture Viewer app worked. Windows Photo Viewer was a very popular app in Windows 7. It is still part of the Windows 10 offering. If you prefer to use it instead of the Photos app, you can enable it in Windows 10 with a little change in the registry.

It’s hard to say which is the correct functionality; scroll to zoom, or scroll to next photo. It is more a matter of what users have come to know as the expected functionality. In either case, UI buttons are present for moving to the next or previous photo. You can also use the left and right arrow keys to do the same.

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