Opposite Scroll/Swipe on 2011 MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by amitdoc2b, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    I just upgraded from a 2009 17-inch MBP w/ Snow Leopard to a 2011 13-inch MBA w/ Lion OSX. I'm not sure if this is a Lion issue or the MBA itself, but with my MBP I would "swipe left" to go back to an old website I was surfing, and swipe right to "forward back" to a webpage. The new system requires me to gently two finger "swipe right" to go back to an old webpage, which is the total opposite and kind of annoying. Is this a universal change for Lion or just the MBA? And I'm having the same problem when scrolling up or down. Two finger down used to scroll down, while two finger up would scroll up.. now its the opposite. Thanks.
  2. Alaerian Guest


    Jan 6, 2005
    A barstool, Innis & Gunn in hand
    Ten seconds of searching would have found dozens of threads with the exact same question about scrolling.

    It's Natural Scrolling, new to Lion.
    To turn it off:
  3. zbarvian macrumors 68010

    Jul 23, 2011
    Yeah this is actually a "new feature of lion". Go into system preferences and turn off natural scrolling under the trackpad settings.
  4. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    This being my first Mac, I love it. As an iPad user it just feels "natural"... :D
  5. nfl46 macrumors 604

    Oct 5, 2008
    Lol, and I'm the opposite. It was the first feature I disabled in Lion when I upgraded.
  6. getyup macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2011
    Me too. That and conversation email. hehe
  7. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    When I first scrolled I thought it was a bug because the metaphor is broken. I have NEVER ever thought about how to scroll on the iPhone/iPad because movement mimic'd physical contact so it was natural. But idea here is for natural movement to come from unnaturally using an external device to control activity on a non-touch screen 24" away? Even if we're to pretend this concept makes sense, we've got years of muscle memory attached to traditional scrolling so why change it now when we've got so many legacy devices that all work the same way?

    Anyway, I disabled it after trying it a few days. I can get used to it but I just find it to be a premature feature that should've been saved for the inevitable touchscreen macs.
  8. barryf43 macrumors newbie

    Jul 10, 2010
    Plano, TX
    I tried to get used to "natural" scrolling, and was making some progress on web pages. However, I work with spreadsheets a lot, and it was driving me absolutely crazy! I finally gave up today and disabled it.
  9. iSayuSay macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    Yeah, it's called natural scrolling by Apple .. whether you like it or not is a personal preferences. And Apple still kindly give us the option to enable/disable it. And true, this problem has been discussed many times even before Lion launched to the public. It's one of many famous features exist on Lion

    Maybe you should use search function on torum, okay?
  10. amitdoc2b thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    Problem solved, thanks guys!

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