Mac – Mouse Scroll Inverted

** This was originally written for Lion. More recent versions display the option differently. Instructions at the bottom **

Yesterday Apple officially released the final version of 10.7 of their OS named Lion. For those of you that have upgraded you will notice that when trying to scroll up a page you actually scroll down and vice versa.

This seems a very strange choice for a desktop OS but is perfect for the iPhone (maybe they are trying to cater more for touchscreen monitors).

The fix for this issue is actually very easy. Firstly click on the Apple logo on the top of your screen. Once the menu appears 1 of the options will be System Preferences.

In the system preferences screen the screen is divided into 4 sections, the 2nd section is headed Hardware. Click on Mouse.

Once in the mouse preferences, un-tick the top option which is marked as “Move content in the direction of finger movement when scrolling or navigating”.

Once you have changed this your scroller will now work as it always has done.

FOR MORE RECENT VERSIONS.

Firstly click on the Apple logo on the top of your screen. Once the menu appears 1 of the options will be System Preferences.

In the system preferences screen the screen is divided into 4 sections, the 2nd section is headed Hardware. There are 2 possible options. Mouse and Trackpad. Choose the hardware that you use.

Once in the mouse/trackpad preferences, ensure that the ‘Scroll & Zoom’ tab is selected. In this page un-tick the top option which is marked as “Scroll direction: natural”.

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  1. thanks a lot mate, was doing my head in for a few minutes, kept turning the mouse around convinced I had it upside down!

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