How to Change Mouse Scroll Direction Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Have you recently switched from a Windows computer to a Mac and find the mouse scroll direction to be opposite of what you’re used to? Don’t worry, you’re not alone!

Many new Mac users face this issue and wonder how to change the mouse scroll direction on their Mac. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to change the mouse scroll direction on your Mac and make it feel more familiar.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, open the Apple menu by clicking on the Apple icon in the top-left corner of your screen. From the drop-down menu, select “System Preferences”. This will open a new window with various settings for your Mac.

Step 2: Access Mouse Settings

In the System Preferences window, locate and click on “Mouse” or “Trackpad” depending on the device you are using. This will open up settings specific to your mouse or trackpad.

Step 3: Adjust Scroll Direction

Once you’re in the Mouse or Trackpad settings, look for an option called “Scroll direction” or something similar. By default, this option is set to “Natural”, which means scrolling up with your fingers will move content down on the screen.

To change the scroll direction, simply uncheck or disable this option. You can do this by clicking on the checkbox next to it. Once unchecked, scrolling up with your fingers will move content up on the screen, just like on a Windows computer.

If there are any additional options related to scrolling behavior, make sure they are set according to your preference. Feel free to explore these settings and customize them as desired.

Step 4: Test Your Changes

After adjusting the scroll direction, it’s a good idea to test it out and see if it feels more intuitive for you. Open a web browser or any other application where you can scroll through content, and try scrolling up and down using your mouse or trackpad. If everything looks good, then you’re all set!

If you still find the new scroll direction uncomfortable or want to revert back to the default settings, simply go back to the Mouse or Trackpad settings and enable the “Scroll direction” option again.

That’s it! You now know how to change the mouse scroll direction on your Mac. By customizing this setting, you can make your Mac experience more familiar and comfortable, especially if you’re transitioning from a Windows computer.


  • You can also access Mouse or Trackpad settings by searching for “Mouse” or “Trackpad” in Spotlight (press Command + Spacebar to open Spotlight).
  • If you’re using a third-party mouse with additional software, make sure to check its settings as well for any scroll direction options.
  • Remember that changing the scroll direction will apply system-wide, affecting all applications on your Mac.

Now go ahead and customize your mouse scroll direction on your Mac to suit your preferences!

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