How To Reverse Lion’s Mouse Scrolling Back To Snow Leopard’s

Posted in OS X on 20/07/2011 by Cormac Moylan


One of the new features in OS X Lion is the introduction of “natural” scrolling. Previously you would have moved your finger down to move down, and up move up on your mouse/trackpad. In Lion a little switchero has happened. Apple decided to introduce a more “logical” mouse gesture. Now, when you move your finger up you move down the page, and when you move down you move up.

This is Apple’s way of introducing iOS like scrolling into OS X. It’s not for everyone and you might want to switch your mouse gesture back to what you previously enjoyed. It’s easy to switch back to Snow Leopard’s mouse behavior. In Lion, go to System Preferences > Mouse > and remove the tick from “Scroll direction: natural”.

While this type of scrolling isn’t for everyone, it’s not that difficult to get used to. It took me only a few seconds to get used to moving in reverse and I have since found it very intuitive and you could argue that this is how scrolling should have always behaved.


Cormac Moylan

Cormac is the head honcho behind MacTrast. Based in Cork, Ireland, his first foray into the Apple world was way back in 2006 when he purchased an iMac followed by a Macbook around 4 weeks later. He currently owns a Macbook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, and Apple TV. But he prefers to buy watches. Go figure!