Websites that control how you scroll are a usability nightmare. Instead of scrolling as you normally would, those offenders take advantage of scrolljacking to alter the way your favorite web browser interprets scrolling commands just to run some fancy animation instead of scrolling down a page, which can be both disjointing and frustrating. On a brighter note, this unwanted behavior can easily be stopped. Follow along with iDownloadBlog’s step-by-step tutorial to learn how to remove scrolljacking from Apple.com and other websites you frequent.
Scrolljacking, or scroll hijacking, is a very real usability issue.
Instead of scrolling up and down at your own pace, you’re forced to watching animated transitions or some other eye candy when turning the scroll wheel on your mouse. More often than not, such poor web design choices tax the user’s CPU and waste their time.
The AirPods Pro overview page is a strange beast. It pegs my 2015 MacBook Pro’s CPU — even when I’m not scrolling. I closed the tab a few minutes ago and my fan is still running. The animation is very jerky and scrolling feels so slow.
There’s so much scrolljacking that you have to scroll or page down several times just to go to the next section of the page. The animation is at least smooth on my iPad and iPhone, but even there, it feels like a thousand swipes to get to the bottom of the page. It’s a design that makes it feel like they don’t want you to keep reading.
He’s exactly right about scrolljacking making you wanna stop reading.
Scrolljacking on Apple.com
In case you’ve been wondering, not even Apple is immune to messing with your scrolling. Here are a few examples of Apple webpages that may visually stun you when visited for the first time but will frustrate you as soon as you feel like actually reading something without distractions or scrolling to the part that interests you.
The iPad Pro page is especially jarring — it forces horizontal scrolling when scrolling vertically.
Other Apple webpages take advantage of scrolljacking, too, but it’s usually not as pronounced as with the pages listed above. For example, the iMac Pro and Pro Display XDR pages alter scrolling to play opening animation, but after that scrolling works the way it’s supposed to.
Follow along with iDownloadBlog’s step-by-step tutorial included right ahead to learn how to prevent scrolljacking in Apple’s Safari browser for Apple.com and other websites.
How to disable scrolljacking in Safari for iOS
1) Open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
2) Choose Safari from the list.
3) Tap Advanced at the bottom of the screen.
Visiting the website that used to mess with your scrolling will now present you with easy-to-read content that looks great and behaves just as you’d expect it win terms of scrolling.
How to disable scrolljacking in Safari for macOS
1) Open Safari on your Mac.
2) Click the Safari menu, then choose Preferences.
3) Click the Advanced tab.
4) Put a checkmark next to “Show Develop menu in menu bar”.
Now the Develop menu will appear in the menu bar whenever you have Safari open.
You can now visit a page that used to hijack your scrolling and enjoy content without distractions like autoscrolling, sudden scroll rate changes, resource and bandwidth-heavy animations and other stupidities that mess around with how scrolling works.
Scrolljacking in other browsers
Your experience with scrolljacking
And what about your experience with scrolljacking?
Have you encountered a webpage that uses scrolljacking yet? Those of you who have faced this problem on multiple websites, which one gave you a particular scrolljacking hell and why? Finally, name the offenders that deserve top spots in the Scrolljacking Hall of Shame.
Let us know by sharing your experiences with fellow readers in the comments down below.
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