So you’ve been living with Lion for a week now, and try as you might, you just can’t get your head around that blasted reversed scrolling thing. Want the old way of scrolling back? It’s an easy fix.
OS X Lion’s “natural scrolling” isn’t for everyone. It’s modeled after the way that iOS scrolls, which makes sense for touchscreen devices because the metaphor of literally grabbing a page or photo or whatever, and moving it, works. It’s a little more problematic for laptops and desktops where your touch interface is a trackpad or a Magic Mouse. Some users have found it to be a much more intuitive means of scrolling — that this is how it should have always been done in the first place. Others can’t get their minds or their fingers to process this radical shift in decades of ingrained user interface design.
It took me a day or two to get the hang of it, but now I rather like it. But I completely sympathize with those who just want it to go away. So here’s how to bring back the good old days of scrolling.
Open System Preferences, and click on the Trackpad icon. Select the Scroll & Zoom tab, and you should see this:
The very first item on this list is “Scroll direction.” Lion defaults to “natural,” but on click of your mouse or trackpad on the checkbox next to this, and you’ll be back to scrolling down to go up right away. Lion even proves that you’ve made the change by altering the little video to the right of the options, showing that the movement of your fingers and action on the screen are now reversed. Or as you may prefer to think of it: just right.
That’s it. You can close System Preferences (the change you made is saved automatically) and away you go.