How to Invert Scrolling on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Inverting scrolling on a Mac can be a useful customization option for those who prefer a different scrolling experience. By default, Macs use the “natural” scrolling direction where swiping up on the trackpad or mouse scrolls the content upwards.

However, if you find this scrolling direction counterintuitive or simply prefer the old way, you can easily invert it. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to invert scrolling on your Mac.

To begin with, open the System Preferences by clicking on the Apple menu located in the top-left corner of your screen and selecting “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut ⌘ + Spacebar to open Spotlight search, type “System Preferences,” and hit Enter to launch it.

Once you are in System Preferences, locate and click on the “Trackpad” or “Mouse” icon, depending on which device you are using.

Next, navigate to the “Scroll & Zoom” tab. Here, you will find various options related to scrolling behavior.

Look for a checkbox labeled “Scroll direction: Natural”. This option is checked by default and enables natural scrolling.

To invert scrolling on your Mac, simply uncheck the “Scroll direction: Natural” box. Once unchecked, your Mac will switch to inverted scrolling mode.

That’s it! You have successfully inverted scrolling on your Mac. You can now close System Preferences by clicking on the red close button in the top-left corner of its window or using ⌘ + W.

It’s worth noting that inverting scrolling behavior will affect all applications on your Mac that utilize native scrollbars or gestures. This customization applies system-wide and remains active until you decide to revert back to natural scrolling by rechecking the “Scroll direction: Natural” box.

To sum up, here are the steps to invert scrolling on a Mac:

  • Open System Preferences
  • Select “Trackpad” or “Mouse” depending on your device
  • Navigate to the “Scroll & Zoom” tab
  • Uncheck the “Scroll direction: Natural” box
  • Close System Preferences


If you encounter any issues or if the scrolling behavior doesn’t change after following these steps, try restarting your Mac. Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve minor glitches and ensure that the changes take effect.

If you have multiple input devices connected to your Mac, such as a Magic Mouse and a Magic Trackpad, make sure to select the appropriate device in System Preferences before adjusting the scrolling settings. The changes made will only affect the selected device.

In Conclusion:

Inverting scrolling on a Mac is a straightforward process that allows you to customize your scrolling experience according to your preference. Whether you prefer natural or inverted scrolling, being able to adjust this setting can significantly enhance your overall user experience. By following the simple steps outlined above, you can easily switch between these two scrolling modes and find what works best for you.

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