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Google Chrome Browser Flashing / Flickering FIXED!

Here’s a simple solution to the annoying flickering problem that can occur in in google chrome browser.

Here’s The Problem:

Quite often i find i’m browsing a web page and all of a sudden google chrome starts to flicker or flash, usually if i mouse over the scrollbars it tends to stop, and leaves me always back at the top of the page.

  • I’ve seen this on multiple computers running windows 7 and windows 10, chrome all updated.
  • A mix of Nvida and ATI graphics cards (rules out an old issue with nvidia drivers)
  • Dual Monitors and Single monitors
  • Fresh install of chrome with no addons
  • Full chrome update

It was starting to drive me crazy to the point of looking at different browsers.

Until i found the Fix:

  1. Open Google Chrome, type chrome://flags or about:flags in address bar and press Enter.
  2. Scroll down until you see a “Smooth Scrolling” option. It would be enabled by default in newer chrome versions.
  3. Select the Drop down and choose Disabled, click on “Relaunch Now” button

That’s as simple as the fix is. It’ll restart the web browser and the pesky flashing issue should be gone.

There is talk that this feature may be permanently enabled in future, or at least reset with an update – however hopefully there’s a permanent fix to chrome smooth scrolling.

If this fix helped you, or if you have anything to add please let me know in the comments below.

9 Responses to “Google Chrome Browser Flashing / Flickering FIXED!”

  • Elaine - February 17, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Well, now THAT was certainly interesting!!! (It does warn you about security being compromised, and such. But I took the plunge because I’ve put up with that crap for too long, and too much research was done, also.)
    It DID work, however.
    And now, I can watch my movies in peace as it was effecting that too! Hurrah!! ? ?

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  • ObiwanRei - February 21, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    It DID work… but I have to make some observations in the coming days and I will let you know of the changes/improvements and/or if a problem arise.

    Thank you.

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  • Sunil kumar - March 6, 2017 at 1:57 am

    It did not work at all

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  • Darrell - March 7, 2017 at 7:35 am

    That solved the problem for me. Is there any way to provide feedback to Google? I’d hate for a faulty feature to become the default. A flashing browser window is so annoying, I would actually change browsers on account of that problem alone. One thing I notices is that memory usage was fluctuating while the option was enabled but that it stabilized after it was turned off. There is something definitely fishy about that setting.

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  • gr3yrider - November 4, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Did not work for me at all.

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  • daniel - February 10, 2018 at 11:52 am

    nice fix spent a frigging hour trying to fix flickering on both chrome and firefox

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  • Abe Ortivus - April 12, 2018 at 5:15 am

    It didn’t work for me.

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  • Patrice - July 2, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    It worked for me! thanks!

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  • Donna - October 2, 2018 at 2:09 am

    Did not find “smooth scrolling” option.

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