How to Change Scroll Direction on Mac (Mouse & Trackpad)

Last Updated on Oct 18, 2022

Have you recently switched from windows to Mac? and are you get annoyed with the scroll direction of the mac mouse and Trackpad? Don’t worry. We will be happy to help you understand how to change the scroll direction on Mac.

By default, on mac scrolling direction is set to natural for the mouse and trackpads. Natural Scrolling works as you work on a touchscreen. Moving your finger up on the mouse/trackpad will move the page up (scroll down) and vice versa. Therefore, if you are used to windows, you will find it frustrating to use a mouse/trackpad on a mac.

Kindly read along to learn how to change the scroll direction on Mac for the mouse and trackpads, Set Different Scroll Directions for Mouse and Trackpad with change scrolling speed on Mac settings, turn off inertia scrolling on Mac, etc.

Change Scroll Direction on Mac for Mouse & Trackpad or Set a Different Direction

For Mouse

Here are the steps to change the scrolling direction on Mac for the mouse.

1. Goto Apple logo on your Mac.

2. Select System Settings.

System Settings on Mac
System Settings on Mac

3. Next, Click on the mouse from the Left.

4. Now, select “Point and Click option“.

Enable or Change Scrolling on Mac Magic Mouse
Enable or Change Scrolling on Mac Magic Mouse

5. Turn on/off the toggle next to Natural Scrolling to reverse the current scrolling direction of the mouse.

  • For Magic mouse

Natural Scrolling Enable means sliding the finger down will move the page down, and vice versa.

Natural Scrolling Disable means sliding a finger down will move the page up and vice versa.

  • For External Mouse

For Magic mouse, natural Scrolling works exactly the opposite of magic mouse; hence, don’t get confused. Some

Natural Scrolling Enable means sliding a finger down will move the page up and vice versa.

Natural Scrolling Disable means sliding the finger down will move the page down, and vice versa.

For Trackpad

If you find the Trackpad easy to work with, then here are the steps to Change the Scroll direction on Mac for the Trackpad.

1. Go to Apple logo on your Mac.

2. Select System Settings.

3. Next, Click on the Trackpad from the Left.

4. Now, Select Scroll and Zoom.

5. Turn on/off the toggle next to Natural Scrolling to reverse the scrolling direction of the Trackpad.

Enable or Change Scrolling on Mac Magic Trackpad
Enable or Change Scrolling on Mac Magic Trackpad
  • Natural Scrolling Enable means moving the two fingers down on Trackpad will move the down page, and moving the two fingers up on Trackpad will move the page up.
  • Natural Scrolling Disable Meaning moving the two fingers down on Trackpad will scroll down and vice versa.

Set Different Scroll Direction for Mouse and Trackpad

Have you ever tried using the external mouse with your macOS? If yes, you must face the mouse problem following the trackpad scrolling direction. However, the Natural direction for the Trackpad and external mouse is different.

Therefore, your mouse and Trackpad work differently. For instance, when you rotate the mouse wheel down, the page will move up. While when you drag upwards on the Trackpad, it will move the page upward. In addition, Mac won’t allow you to customize scrolling directions for these devices.

Suppose you think you will change the scroll direction for the mouse and unchanged trackpad setting. For example, you disable natural Scrolling for the mouse from the setting, and trackpad natural scrolling is enabled. However, if you enable natural Scrolling for one device will automatically change the natural scrolling setting for another device.

Don’t worry; we have found a solution to your problem. However, you won’t find inbuilt mac settings, but you need to download the Scroll Reverser app from their website.

Set Different Scroll Directions for Mouse and Trackpad using Scroll Reverser app.

Follow the steps below to set different scroll directions for the mouse and Trackpad using the third-party app Scroll Reverser.

1. Download the Scroll Reverser app, which is compatible with your macOS.

2. Go to finder and search Scroll Reverser setup files from downloads.

Change Different Scrolling for Mouse and Trackpad using app
Change Different Scrolling for Mouse and Trackpad using app

3. Double-click on the Scroll Reverser setup file to open it.

4. Next Confirmation pop-up will appear, click Open and then select Ok.

Install and Open app
Install and Open app

5. Now Click on the “Double-sided arrow” at the menu bar and then select “Enable Scroll Reverser.”

See App icon in top menu
See App icon in top menu

6. A new window appears; select “Scrolling” at the top and then click on “Request accessibility Permission.”

Allow Permission for Scroll Reverser on Mac
Allow Permission for Scroll Reverser on Mac

7. Click on “Open System Settings.” Here Turn on the toggle next to Scroll Reverser.

Open System Preferences to allow Permission
Open System Preferences to allow Permission

8. “Privacy and Security” window pop up in which you click on the password, enter your mac login password or touch ID.

Verify and allow app Permission
Verify and allow app Permission

9. Scroll Reverser window appears in that Select “Scrolling.” (or Open Scroll Reverser Preferences, Click on Double side arrow from top menu bar > Preferences)

Open Scroll Reverser Preferences on Mac
Open Scroll Reverser Preferences on Mac

10. Mark Check in the check box next to “Enable Scroll Reverser.”

et Different Scroll Directions for Mouse and Trackpad using Scroll Reverser app
Set Different Scroll Directions for Mouse and Trackpad using Scroll Reverser app

11. If natural Scrolling is enabled in system settings on your Mac, then uncheck the Reverse Trackpad option from Scrolling devices.

That’s it! You are done. Hence, now check whether the external mouse and trackpads are working in sync.

How to Disable inertial Scrolling on your Mac

With Inertial Scrolling, your content will continue to scroll down even after you stop scrolling until it gradually stops. Many people will feel uncomfortable with the inertial scrolling feature. Therefore, they want to disable inertial Scrolling on Mac.

If you don’t like inertial Scrolling on your Mac, then kindly follow the below steps to turn off inertial Scrolling on your Mac.

1. Go to Apple Menu.

2. Click on System Settings.

3. Next Select Accessibility and click on Pointer Control.

Pointer Control setting on Mac
Pointer Control setting on Mac

4. Select Trackpads Options or  Mouse Options (Whatever device you have) under Mouse and Trackpad.

Mouse Accessibility Settings on Mac
Mouse Accessibility Settings on Mac

5. Turn off the toggle next to Stop “Use inertia when scrolling.”

6. At last, Click Ok.

Now without frustration, enjoy Scrolling without “inertial scrolling” using the above steps.

How do I auto-scroll on Mac?

Are you wondering how do I Auto scroll with Trackpad? Or how do I Auto scroll in Safari on Mac? Don’t worry. We have an answer for you.

You need a third-party app like Smart Scroll, Scroll Anywhere, and Smooze Pro MacApp. Using these apps, you can enjoy reading conveniently with automatic hands-free Scrolling. In addition, you can Auto scroll a PDF on a Mac with the apps mentioned above.

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