How Do I Change the Scroll Direction on My Mac?
If you’re used to using a mouse on a Windows Computer, then the scrolling direction on your Mac may seem strange. The default settings for the mouse and trackpad on your Mac have a scrolling direction called natural. This is designed to work as if you are using the mouse or trackpad on a touchscreen device. This means that if you move your finger upwards on the trackpad or mouse, then content will scroll down on the screen. This can be a bit frustrating for those who are new to using a Mac and find themselves constantly moving the mouse up or down as they try to scroll.
However, if you use both a mouse and a trackpad on your mac then it’s possible to set the scroll direction for each separately. This can make things much more convenient for users who are used to different scrolling directions for each of their devices. This can be done by changing the setting in System Preferences. In the Mouse settings, uncheck the box labeled Scroll direction: natural and in the Trackpad settings, disable the box that says Scroll & Zoom: Natural scrolling. If you change this setting on one device, then the other will automatically update to match.
Another option for changing the scrolling direction is by downloading a third-party application. The app that we recommend is called Scroll Reverser, and it’s available in the Mac App Store for both mice and trackpads. This application will let you easily configure the scrolling directions for your trackpad and mouse so that they match what you’re used to on a Windows Computer. It’s also easy to change back to the default settings when needed.
While changing the scrolling direction on your mac is very simple, it’s a little more complicated when you’re using an external mouse. To change the scrolling direction on your Mac when using an external mouse, you’ll need to open System Preferences and click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of the screen. From there, select System Preferences and then open the Mouse option.
Then, in the Mouse settings, uncheck the box labeled Natural Scrolling. This will return the scrolling direction to what it was when you first set up your computer. It’s important to note that this will only change the scrolling direction for your mouse and not for the trackpad or any other external devices that you may have attached to your Mac.
While there is no right or wrong way to scroll, the method that you choose should be what’s most comfortable for you. For example, some people like to scroll using their thumb, while others prefer to use their index finger. Ultimately, it’s all up to personal preference and muscle memory.