Fix Automatic Page Scroll Jumping on Chrome for Better Reading Experience

Whether you are on a smartphone or computer, there are instances when the text position moves because the images and advertisements above it start loading and they push down the content, causing the sroll position to jump. It hampers your readability and the effect is annoying if you are on a slow connection. Once all the images and advertisements are loaded, you have to relocate the reading point again. Unfortunately, a standard solution is yet to be cooked up for this. But Chrome has an experimental flag called “Scroll Anchoring” that they introduced in version 41 which fixes this issue for the most part.

Head over to the experimental flags page by entering chrome://flags/ in the address bar either in Android phones or your personal computers. Now, you need to find “Scroll Anchoring” flag setting, enable it and you are done. Chrome will now automatically adjust the scroll position in order to prevent “visible jumps when offscreen content changes”.

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This setting will work on all major operating systems including Linux, Mac, Windows, Chrome OS, and Android handhelds. You will have to relaunch the browser past activating the feature. Now you won’t have to deal with scrolling issues while browsing online with a tedious network.

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To demonstrate the effect, have a look at the below video where the page automatically scrolls down as images and advertisements are being loaded.

Now, once the flag is enabled, the scroll gets locked as in below video. The page position where the user has scroll will remain even if the page content gets changed.

In case you are having trouble locating the flag, make sure Chrome is updated to at least version 41. The process is exactly similar on Android phones. There are a couple of more flags you should be aware of to get the most out Google Chrome, read them here.

That was all, let us know if it helped to resolve your issue or comment down below with a better solution if there exists one.

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Filed under Google Chrome Tricks. Posted by Shubham on 3rd May 2016.

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