Kevin McKelvin

OSX Lion Reverse Scrolling

21 September 2011

The subject of mouse movement in OS X has been debated for years now. Personally I despise the default movement settings in OS X and have a whole array of tweaks in place. But that’s a debate for another day.

Today I’m looking at the new “natural” reversed scrolling feature in Lion. Having used it for a couple of days now I found that I like having the reverse scrolling on the trackpad, but whenever I reach for my mouse I prefer the classic scrolling method that we’ve been using for years.

I dug around and couldn’t find any way inside OS X of decoupling them, but I came across a cool app called Scroll Reverser. It allows you to customize the reverse scrolling of the track pad and not of the mouse.

The settings might seem a bit confusing though. I have OSX set up to reverse scrolling so that it works across all applications. I then use Scroll Reverser to reverse the scrolling on the mouse from OSX’s behaviour back to the classic behaviour.

Scroll Reverser Settings


Kevin McKelvin

These are the online musings of Kevin McKelvin. He is the CTO at Resource Guru, and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.