How to Change Scroll Direction on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of the default scroll direction on your Mac? Do you find yourself scrolling in the wrong direction, constantly having to adjust your muscle memory?

Well, fear not! In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of changing the scroll direction on your Mac to suit your preferences.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

To begin, click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Access Trackpad (or Mouse) Settings

Once in System Preferences, locate and click on the “Trackpad” (or “Mouse”) icon. This will open up a new window with various settings related to your trackpad or mouse.

Step 3: Change Scroll Direction

In the Trackpad (or Mouse) settings window, navigate to the “Scroll & Zoom” tab. Here, you will find options related to scrolling and zooming.

Note: Depending on your device and macOS version, the exact wording may vary slightly.

To change the scroll direction, uncheck or check the box next to “Scroll direction: Natural.” By default, this option is checked, which means that when you swipe up on your trackpad or scroll wheel, the content will move down (similar to how scrolling works on an iPhone). Unchecking this box will reverse the scroll direction so that swiping up moves content up.

Step 4: Test Your New Scroll Direction

Once you have made your desired changes to the scroll direction settings, close System Preferences. Now it’s time to test out your new settings!


  • If you are using a trackpad, you can use two fingers to scroll vertically or horizontally.
  • If you are using a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can also adjust the scroll direction by scrolling up or down.
  • If you ever want to revert to the default scroll direction, simply follow the same steps and check the box next to “Scroll direction: Natural”.

With these simple steps, you can easily change the scroll direction on your Mac to match your preference. Whether you prefer a natural or reversed scroll, now you have the power to customize it according to your needs. Happy scrolling!

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