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noloader Level 1 Level 1

Hi All,


My Macbook just rebooted from Snow Leopard -> Lion upgrade. I also took the three updates after the upgrade.


Annoying as it sounds, my Apple mouse now scrolls in reverse. Scrolling the button away from the chair moves the screen to the bottom rather than the top, and vice-versa.


Any ideas on how to get the mouse to behave normally?



MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.7), MacBook Model A1278
  • Sjazbec Level 4 Level 4

    the reverse scrolling is Apple's new default. It is intuitive for touchpads but might be confusing for traditional mices.


    There is a tiny little free app around called "Scroll reverser for Mac OS X". it does exactly what its name implies.Launch it and you're done - set it to run on login and it will be permanent until you uncheck it to do so..


    For Snow Leo it makes Lions new default way the active one, but on Lion it switches the mode back to how it worked in SL originally. You might want that app ( or something similar - I bet there will be lots of those tweakers available soon ).

  • Jimmy Stewart Level 1 Level 1
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    This implementation mirrors the way scrolling on the iPhone or iPad work.  If you want to disable it, open up the preferences for the trackpad.  There is an option at the top of the Trackpad preferences for "When using gestures to scroll or navigate, move content in direction of finger movement."  Simply uncheck the box and it will go back to what you are used to doing.

  • Eric Rzeszut Level 1 Level 1

    Or if you don't have a trackpad, open the Mouse system preference panel and do the same thing.  No separate app is needed.

  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4

    You can change it in Preferences/Mouse if you want to.

  • Barry Hemphill Level 8 Level 8



    Actually you need to open system preferences>mouse and uncheck "scroll direction natural."


    Thatb annoyed me as well until I figured out how to put it back the way it had been.



  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4

    You should try the new way for a while. It becomes very intuitively correct after a few days, especially if you are an iOS user.

  • Jason McLeod Level 1 Level 1

    I find it's only intuitive if you're using a touch screen.

  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4

    or a Trackpad

  • Pondini Level 8 Level 8

    That's just one of the changes.  See  Changes in Lion from Snow Leopard for more.

  • milohuang Level 1 Level 1

    Tried to uncheck the mouse setting but it seems to turn everything back to Snow Leopard. It will be great if I can change only the mouse scroll back to the old type since I am not using a Mac mouse but keep everything on the trackpad to the Lion default reverse one. Any ideas?

  • fiercertonks Level 1 Level 1

    Its very annoying. I tried turning the mouse upside down, but that doesn't work!

  • webraider Level 1 Level 1

    Hey everyone, 


    The reason that apple calls this "Natural" scolling is because it is natural.  Take a sheet of paper and put it on you desk (yes, a real sheet of paper, not a virtual one and a real desk!).  Now try to move the paper and up and down against that surface.  You'll find that you have to move your fingers up to move the sheet up so that you can read futher down the sheet.  This is Natural and this is the thinking behind the iOS and the new "Natural Scrolling" that Apple has enabled. 


    It drove me nuts but once I realized what Apple was doing, it quite frankly does make more sense.  It took me about a month and now I wont' go back. I use the regularl scrolling at work on PC's and now I can transition without even thinking about it. 


    Basically think about it like you are moving the paper that the text is on and NOT the text itself (Or Web page). Then this type of scrolling will seem natural to you.


    Conversly with traiditional scrolling you are moving the text up and now and not the paper behind it.

  • Martin Pace Level 5 Level 5

    webraider wrote:


    Conversly with traiditional scrolling you are moving the text up and now and not the paper behind it.

    The 'old' way the scroll wheel/ball/whatever was tied to the scroll bar indicator. Apple is working to remove the scroll bar. On my desktop I like the scroll bar, it provides me a clear indicator of how much and what part of a document/web page that I'm viewing. On small screens it makes sense to minimize the size of the scroll bar.


    Both methods are natural as long as you realize what part of the OS interface you are manipulating.

  • Bubsey Weevil Level 1 Level 1

    Have tried intuitive scroll for months and simply hate it and am desperate to change it back! Unchecking the box in preference/mouse doesn't work. It works in reverse whether the box is checked or not. I believe this solution doesn't work for IMAC. I have an apple nmouse that came with the IMAC so not clear why there should be any problem? Please help!!

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