Google Chrome Find Keyboard Shortcut Doesn’t work – FIX

September 3, 2009 · 19 comments

I huge annoyance for me the past few days has been that pressing Ctrl-F in Chrome wouldn’t bring up the find box until I clicked inside the content area of the browser window.

The problem it turns out has to do with KatMouse. I love KatMouse! It is a utility that allows you to use your scroll wheel to scroll inactive windows. The problem was that scrolling the Chrome window with KatMouse would cause it to go inactive.

The Fix:

  1. Open KatMouse Settings.
  2. Select the Classes Tab.
  3. Drag the target on to the Chrome window.
  4. Double-click the “Chrome_RenderWidgetHostHWND” class and clear the checkbox labeled “Window has wheel scrolling support?” and click OK.
  5. Click OK to close the KatMouse Properties window.

You should now be able to scroll in Chrome without the window losing focus.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike Whitney December 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

Brit Mansell December 9, 2009 at 3:52 am

All of this time I assumed it was a problem with Chrome. You save me from posting something stupid in the support forums. Thanks!

Ray December 27, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Thank you! I too assumed it was a Chrome problem. Microsoft could end headaches like this if they would just make scrolling based on the cursor by default, instead of window focus =/ Until then, KatMouse will continue to be the first thing I install on any windows computer.

Mihai Alexandru Bîrsan February 23, 2010 at 7:29 am

A bagillion thanks to you, sir!

Tim April 28, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Thank you so much!!! This had been bothering me for weeks.

Wanja May 3, 2010 at 10:15 am

ffs I never thought I’d find an answer – THANKS SO MUCH! =)

Thomas G Mayfield May 11, 2010 at 6:34 am

Well done, sir.

Scott M October 6, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Thank you! This has been driving me nuts for weeks.

Matt October 16, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Sorry to comment on an old post, but you, sir, are my hero.

Ben December 21, 2010 at 6:16 pm


AnotherBen January 28, 2011 at 3:21 am

Thank you for this! Been bugging me for ages, and had sneaking suspicion it was KatMouse related. Nice one, cheers!!

bwaindwain August 2, 2011 at 8:18 am

Thank you!

xian September 28, 2011 at 5:06 am

brilliant, thank you!

Adam January 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Thanks for posting this howto! Works perfectly!

The Infamous Grouse March 7, 2012 at 9:30 am

As a recent convert to Chrome from Firefox this was driving me mad. In my case it was the inability to create a new tab with Ctrl-T rather than an issue with the Find box, but the root cause was the same. It was even worse because it was intermittent, but I hadn’t noticed until tonight that the intermittent nature coincided with those times I ran KatMouse.

Your page is the first DuckDuckGo hit for the search “chrome katmouse focus” and the posted solution worked first time. Kudos. It may be three years old but as long as this incompatibility exists please promise to never take this page down!

Jay Libove, CISSP, CIPP, CISM April 20, 2012 at 6:12 am

You rule! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I love KatMouse. I love Chrome. I hated that Chrome would lose keyboard input focus (ctrl+F, ctrl+W, etc) when I scrolled. I never even stopped to think it might be KatMouse before!

Taylor July 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

Thank you very much! That worked like a charm!

StephenB August 28, 2013 at 11:43 am


Dan October 15, 2014 at 11:23 am

Well, I do not have KatMouse (yet), but still my Find… box won’t appear in any form or case, Not by clicking and not with keyboard function.

My common purpose is searching a word in a (usually) very long page after googling it.
Any Suggestions?



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