This feature is no longer recommended. Though some browsers might still support it, it may have already been removed from the relevant web standards, may be in the process of being dropped, or may only be kept for compatibility purposes. Avoid using it, and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.
This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.
The obsolete and non-standard
mousewheel event is fired asynchronously at an
Element to provide updates while a mouse wheel or similar device is operated. The
mousewheel event was never part of any standard, and while it was implemented by several browsers, it was never implemented by Firefox.
Important: Instead of this obsolete event, use the standard
|Event handler property||
The detail property
The value of the
detail property is always zero, except in Opera, which uses
detail similarly to the Firefox-only
detail value, which indicates the scroll distance in terms of lines, with negative values indicating the scrolling movement is either toward the bottom or toward the right, and positive values indicating scrolling to the top or left.
Note: On macOS, the scroll distance (and therefore the value of
detail) is computed based on the accelerated scroll distance.
-2 is set per native wheel event.
wheelDelta, wheelDeltaX and wheelDeltaY value
wheelDelta attribute value is an abstract value which indicates how far the wheel turned. If the wheel has rotated away from the user, it's positive, otherwise negative. This means that the delta value sign is different from DOM Level 3 Event's
wheel. However, the meaning of the amount of these values is not the same between browsers. See following explanation for the detail.
IE and Opera (Presto) only support
wheelDelta attribute and do not support horizontal scroll.
wheelDeltaX attribute value indicates the
wheelDelta attribute value along the horizontal axis. When a user operates the device for scrolling to right, the value is negative. Otherwise, i.e., if it's to left, the value is positive.
wheelDeltaY attribute value indicates the
wheelDelta attribute value along the vertical axis. The sign of the value is the same as the
wheelDelta attribute value.
The value is the same as the delta value of Windows'
WM_MOUSEHWHEEL. It means that if the mouse wheel doesn't support high resolution scroll, the value is 120 per notch. The value isn't changed even if the scroll amount of system settings is page scroll.
On Windows, the value is the same as the delta value of
WM_MOUSEHWHEEL. And also, the value isn't changed even if the scroll amount of system settings is page scroll, i.e., the value is the same as IE on Windows.
On Linux, the value is
-120 per native wheel event. This makes the same behavior as IE and Chrome for Windows.
On Mac, the value is complicated. The value is changed if the device that causes the native wheel event supports continuous scroll.
If the device supports continuous scroll (e.g., trackpad of MacBook or mouse wheel which can be turned smoothly), the value is computed from accelerated scroll amount. In this case, the value is the same as Safari.
If the device does not support continuous scroll (typically, old mouse wheel which cannot be turned smoothly), the value is computed from non-accelerated scroll amount (120 per notch). In this case, the value is different from Safari.
This difference makes a serious issue for web application developers. That is, web developers cannot know if
mousewheel event is caused by which device.
WebInputEventFactory::mouseWheelEvent of the Chromium's source code for the detail.
The value is always computed from accelerated scroll amount. This is really different from other browsers except Chrome with continuous scroll supported device.
The value is always the
detail attribute value ✕
On Windows, since the
detail attribute value is computed from actual scroll amount, the value is different from other browsers except the scroll amount per notch is 3 lines in system settings or a page.
On Linux, the value is
-80 per native wheel event. This is different from other browsers.
On Mac, the
detail attribute value is computed from accelerated scroll amout of native event. The value is usually much bigger than Safari's or Chrome's value.
Not part of any specification.
No compatibility data found. Please contribute data for "api.Element.Activate_event" (depth: 1) to the MDN compatibility data repository.
- Gecko's legacy mouse wheel events:
- Standardized wheel event: