Poll: Preferred Scroll Direction?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by bmac89, Aug 25, 2015.


What scroll direction do you use (and why)?

  1. Old Behaviour - (Scroll down, page goes down)

  2. Natural (Scroll down, page goes up)

  1. bmac89 macrumors 65816


    Aug 3, 2014
    How many people actually use the default "Natural" scroll direction (scroll down to go up on page) and how many people change it to the old behaviour (scroll down to go down on page)? Has your preference been determined by the devices you use?

    I guess it makes a difference what hardware people are using, whether they also have Ipad/Iphones and when they starting using Apple products.

    Personally I always change the scroll direction to the old behaviour regardless of whether I use a mouse or trackpad, but then again I don't use Ipad/Iphone and my first mac was running Leopard.
  2. aevan macrumors 68030


    Feb 5, 2015

    Natural, of course. It's not because of iOS devices either, it just makes more sense on a Magic Mouse and Trackpad. It feels.... natural :D

    If I used a wheel-based mouse, maybe I'd go with "old". Even in Windows, when I use the Magic Mouse in Boot Camp, the reversed direction just feels weird (not so on an scroll-wheel Mouse).

    One other thing that feels more natural is having the ⌘ key next to the Spacebar instead of having the equivalent (Control) further away from it in Windows. It's just easier to find it when it's next to space.
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    I have 5 different Macs, each with different pointing devices, some trackpads, some have mice. I find that I adjust pretty quickly when the scroll is set for either direction.

    For me, it depends on the task at hand, and not the device itself.

    Either direction feels "natural" to me.
  4. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    Natural because it does indeed seem more natural.

    I do most of my work on a mac at home, but the odd time I use a PC at work scrolling is the other way. I seem to adjust fairly quickly. All in all, it's not a biggie.
  5. avflinsch macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011
    Both ways - it depends on the device.
    When using the mouse wheel, or a track pad, I prefer the 'old way' -- it just feels more natural, than the so called 'natural' scrolling.

    On the other hand, when using a touch screen, the 'natural' direction just feels right.
  6. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    For me, I used Windows for years and when I got my first Mac on Snow Leapord I actually found myself trying to "scroll naturally" before I even knew about Lion. I don't know why.

    Once Apple made that the default I fell in love with it, but it is confusing for some people. Some people think it's natural, some thing it's inverted.
  7. bcave098 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2015
    Northern British Columbia
    When I use a mouse with a scroll wheel I go with the standard way and if I'm using a trackpad I go for natural.

    But I'll say: I hate natural with a scroll whell, it just feels wrong.
  8. Slix macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2010
    At first, when natural scrolling was introduced I turned it off because we had a Mighty Mouse at the time. Later, we got a Magic Trackpad, so I tried out natural scrolling and haven't looked back since. It's weird to me to do sideways scrolling for Mission Control and have it be backwards, anyway.

    Now, when I pick up a mouse with a scroll wheel, I usually instinctively do the natural scrolling and expect it to go the way it does on my computer, but it's usually set the other way (because they have it set that way, or it's a PC). :p
  9. notrack, Jan 24, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2016

    notrack macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2012
    On a touch device the natural way because it's like pushing paper. But with a mouse and pionter rather the "old" way. Scroll down is down, scroll up is up, just like clicking arrows for up/down feels more intuitive. It's more like moving the pointer downwards/upwards.

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