If you’ve installed OS X Lion over the last 24 hours or so, you know that one of its more noticeable and controversial changes has been the implementation of ‘reverse scrolling’. In this method, scrolling works like swiping on an iOS device – where a swipe up moves you down, and a swipe down moves […]
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How To Turn Off Reverse Scrolling in OS X Lion

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If you’ve installed OS X Lion over the last 24 hours or so, you know that one of its more noticeable and controversial changes has been the implementation of ‘reverse scrolling’. In this method, scrolling works like swiping on an iOS device – where a swipe up moves you down, and a swipe down moves you up.

From that perspective, the change in Lion makes sense. But from the perspective of that’s not the way scrolling with a mouse has worked for a shedload of years, it doesn’t make any sense at all.

It may well be one of those feature that you either love or hate, with no middle ground. I gave it a chance and found that I’m in the Hate It bracket. Luckily it is very easy to get rid of reverse scrolling. Here’s how:

Go to System Preferences and choose ‘Mouse’ within the Hardware section. Then deselect the checkbox at the top of the Mouse screen – the one that reads ‘Move content in the direction of finger movement when scrolling or navigating’.

That’s it – normal scrolling service will resume as soon as you make that change.

So what’s your stance on reverse scrolling in Lion? Love it, hate it, neither of the above?

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