Disable OS X Lion Reverse Scroll

Overall, OS X Lion is an absolutely fantastic upgrade to Apple’s OS X line of operating systems. There is one new feature however that I do not like; reverse scroll. I am admittedly a little bit of an old fashioned “pointer and clicker” and I would like to keep it that way. Fortunately, it is very easy to disable reverse scrolling in OS X Lion.

Disable Reverse Scroll In OS X Lion

1. Open up System Preferences.

2. Click on the Trackpad icon.

3. Remove the check next to “When using gestures to scroll or navigate, move content in the direction of finger movement.”

4. If you are using an external mouse, you’ll want to click on the Mouse icon in System Preferences, and remove the checkbox next to “move content in the direction of finger movement when scrolling or navigating.”

The OS X Lion reverse scroll feature is now disabled on your laptop trackpad, or magic mouse.

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5 thoughts on “Disable OS X Lion Reverse Scroll

  1. Rex

    Kevin, I was wondering the same thing and came across this website: http://www.highrez.co.uk/downloads/XMouseButtonControl.htm
    X-Mouse Button Control has the option to set the Mouse Scroll Wheel with the following settings, Wheel Up to Wheel Down and Wheel Down to Wheel Up. Works great on my Win7 partition, it is just like using Lion.

    Hope that helps you. Now if I could only convince my IT Administrator to change my work computer by installing this program. (Fat Chance)

  2. Kevin Bishop

    What I want to know is how to fix my windows boot on my mac to match Lion’s scrolling.

  3. Kevin Bishop

    I really don’t understand the problems people are having with the scrolling on Lion. To me, Lion is the correct way to scroll and everyone else is reversed. I have been waiting for someone to step up and correct the backward scrolling that has been happening every since the windows GUI was started.

    Just sayin’,

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