How to Change Scrolling Direction on Mac OS X Lion

When I first installed Lion on my Macbook, the first thing I noticed was that the scrolling direction was reversed. For example, if I wanted to scroll down a page, I swiped my fingers down on Snow Leopard or any other OS X versions. On Lion, I have to swipe my fingers up to scroll down a page. This works better on a touch screen device like iPhone or iPad. It is kind of awkward on a notebook computer.

To change this behavior, follow these instructions.

  1. Click on System Preferences on the Dock.
  2. Click on Trackpad
  3. Uncheck the box “When using gestures to scroll or navigate, move content in the direction of finger movement“.
  4. Repeat step 2 and 3 for every input device you have. This feature is called Scroll direction: natural (Content tracks finger movement) on some devices. You will need to uncheck that box.

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