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Satchmo Level 4 Level 4
Mac OS X

Why did Apple reverse the direction of scrolling?


The space to grab the scroll bars has gotten very thin.

iMac 9,1, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • John Howells Level 1 Level 1

    Apparently to make it behave more like an iPad.

  • Whagi Level 1 Level 1

    If you push a peace of paper with your two fingers, which direction would it follow? ...Exactly, even if it takes a bit of getting used to, the new way, is actually the real world way :O)

  • Satchmo Level 4 Level 4
    Mac OS X

    Hasn't the Mac been scrolling the wrong way, then, since 1984?

  • igmackenzie Level 4 Level 4

    It's much more intuitive when you get used to it, especially if you are a iOS user.

  • John Howells Level 1 Level 1

    And every other computer on Earth.

  • simon gamble Level 1 Level 1

    if you don't like it you can turn if off.


    prefs - trackpad, untick top one

  • bluztoo Level 1 Level 1

    I turned it off right away - been doing it the other way too long!

  • simon gamble Level 1 Level 1

    I turned if off too as it's very odd with a mouse like my logitech performance

  • simon gamble Level 1 Level 1

    also anyone discovered yet how to turn off the eye candy in mail?


    A reply "jumps out" the message box, not too bad, but then when you click send it flies off out the top of the screen, horrible! Especially on a big 30" display! It becomes irritating after sending a few emails, can't find anywhere to turn it off

  • drgnflyz75 Level 1 Level 1

    You aren't able to turn this off in Sytem Preferences from Trackpad, well unless you have a trackpad. For all you mouse users, Click Mouse in System Preferences and deselect: Move content in same direction of finger movement...

  • Mike Boreham Level 4 Level 4

    If your are using a trackpad, magic trackpad or magic mouse, it is great, completely natural after a while.


    But if you are using a conventional mouse with scrollwheel it is horrible, but as said you can revert.


    I use Lion with a MM and trackpads and love it, I have even installed a third party app in Snow Leopard to make it work same as Lion.


    Message was edited by: Mike Boreham

  • drgnflyz75 Level 1 Level 1

    When I was re-reading the Product page the night before, I didn't realize how much this release was more geared toward the Trackpad. I think your set up is probably one of the best ideas, although not sure about MM. My friend has a Trackpad on her iMac and she does a lot of work in Aperture. I don't know how she is able to do it. The Trackpad for me was so hard to use. However, hers was tettering cause it was on a tile counter top. I use a MacBook Pro (pre-unibody) and have no issue but seems weird when it floats around a desk top. But thanks for the tips guys, I was looking around for it all night.

  • icletus Level 1 Level 1

    It will take a couple days to get use to it, but it does actually make sense once you get use to it. Yes it does fall in line with iPhone/iPad. WHich for such users maybe allowing them to adapt quicker.


    You can indeed turn it off, but I bet (depending on machine) use it for a couple of days you will see that it is logical.... just different. give it a chance.

  • tryphonofgerry Level 1 Level 1

    I'm sorry, Whagi, but I think you and Apple developers are wrong.


    Let me explain.

    We use computers.

    These machines have their own behavior.


    The main difference is that computers were created (but not only for) to free people from the paper era.

    And, among these differences, an important one is that you no longer have to manipulate paper.

    Scrolling can't be compared with the movement of a sheet of paper.


    With a computer, the finger is an extension of my eye.

    My eye want to see the foot of the page so my finger scroll down on the mouse or the trackpad.

    My eye want to see the header? My finger scroll up.


    This is what I call intuitive behavior.

    This is why scrolling for years has been the way I described.

    This way is good and natural for me as it has been since I began to use a computer thirty years ago.

    And millions of people approved that behavior!


    I think Apple changed the scrolling only for the ego satisfaction of being "new" and "original"...   :-)

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