How to Change the Scroll Direction on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Changing the Scroll Direction on Mac

Are you tired of scrolling in the opposite direction on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this tutorial, we will show you how to change the scroll direction on your Mac, so you can scroll with ease and convenience.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

The first step is to open the System Preferences. You can do this by clicking on the Apple menu at the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu.

Step 2: Click on Trackpad or Mouse

Once you have opened the System Preferences, look for either “Trackpad” or “Mouse” depending on your input device. Click on it to proceed.

Step 3: Select Scroll & Zoom

In the Trackpad or Mouse settings window, you will see several tabs. Look for “Scroll & Zoom” and click on it.

Step 4: Change Scroll Direction

Now that you are in the Scroll & Zoom settings, you will find an option called “Scroll direction: natural”. By default, this option is checked, which means that scrolling is in a natural or inverted direction.

If you want to change the scroll direction to a more traditional or non-inverted way, simply uncheck this option.


  • If you have both a trackpad and a mouse connected to your Mac, make sure to select the correct input device from the left sidebar before changing the scroll direction.

  • You might need to experiment with both options to find out which one feels more comfortable for you. Give it a try and see what works best!

Step 5: Close System Preferences

After you have made the changes, close the System Preferences window. Your new scroll direction settings will take effect immediately.

That’s it! You have successfully changed the scroll direction on your Mac. Now you can enjoy scrolling in a way that feels more natural and intuitive to you.


Changing the scroll direction on your Mac is a simple process that can greatly enhance your scrolling experience. By following these easy steps, you can customize your Mac to suit your personal preferences and make scrolling a breeze.


  • If you encounter any issues or want to revert back to the default settings, simply follow the same steps and check the “Scroll direction: natural” option again.
  • Feel free to experiment with different settings until you find the perfect scroll direction for your needs.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful to you. Happy scrolling!

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