OS X 10.7 Lion – How to Fix Trackpad and Mouse Scrolling to Normal

I’m not sure if they are just messing with our minds or what, but Apple changed one of the most automatic navigation functions you do.  Scrolling is the computer equivalent of breathing.  You do it automatically, without thinking.  Except now in Mac OS X 10.7, aka Lion, you have to breathe out to breathe in.  Reminds me of Lightning McQueen learning to race on dirt and Doc Hudson tells him you have to turn right to go left.

Good news is, you’re not stuck with it this way!  If you don’t want to move your cheese just yet…

Here’s how to get your Mac back to the “Old” way of scrolling:

  1. Open System Preferences (down in the dock)

  2. First, fix your Mouse. Find it on the Hardware line:
  3. Simply uncheck the “Move content in direction of finger movement…”:
  4. Now, go back to the System Preferences screen by clicking the “Show All” button at the top, and select the “Trackpad” option next to the Mouse option (you may not have this if you’re using an iMac or something without a Trackpad)
  5. Simply uncheck the “Scroll Direction: natural” button:
That’s it…All done.
Of course, Apple has a point.  In the new way, you push up on the trackpad, like you would a piece of paper, in order to see the things that are down.  It’s the “natural” way, and it probably is making your Mac like your iPad and iPhone and your Mac of the future will be.  So, Apple is just nudging into your pre-destined future anyway.
If I didn’t spend 8-10 hours a day using a PC that still does scrolling backwards, I’d happily jump on the bandwagon, but I don’t want to have think about which universe I’m breathing in.
Happy mousing!

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3 Responses to OS X 10.7 Lion – How to Fix Trackpad and Mouse Scrolling to Normal

  1. Haystacks October 15, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Thank you so much, this was driving me crazy!

    • byron October 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

      Welcome 😉

  2. Amber October 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Thank you dear, I was losing my mind~

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