Possible to separate trackpad and mouse scrolling?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Rennir, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. Rennir macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2012
    I'm on lion right now and one of the things I find annoying is the fact that whatever type of scrolling you choose for the trackpad automatically applies to the mouse as well. I want to use natural scrolling for the trackpad since it's based on touch, but normal scrolling on a regular mouse because scrolling up to go down on a mouse isn't intuitive at all. Does ML allow you to separately dictate how the trackpad/mouse scrolling works?
  2. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    I know what you mean about mice but I don't think you can do it with OSX, there might be a 3rd party method but i don't know of it.
  3. Dewroo macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
    Tilton, NH.
    It's been a while since his argument has come up. If you really stick to it, Natural scrolling, even on the scroll wheel, becaumes just what's it's named for. Natural. You're going to have to get used to it.

    Scrolling direction is a system setting. It is the end all for interpretation from whatever device. I'm sure that they're could be a solution to your problem, but i doubt it's been coded yet.

    That theoretical app would know what devices are plugged in, and if their a mouse or not. If it's a mouse, perhaps it could correct the scrolling for you.

    Allthough, I've read some articles a while back about "Muti-mouse systems" where there would have been mutiple cursors on a windows screen. It never worked as far as i remember. Because the system only sees one mouse input.

    Anyway, i hope i've been a little helpful. You might have to get used to it.

    Technically he beat me too it because i was too busy writing more of an in depth answer then that simplistic reply.
  4. Meyvn macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2005
    Are you using the Magic Mouse, or a different mouse?


    This argument has only come up now because you brought it up. The OP didn't, if you read the actual post; OP is fine with natural scrolling for the trackpad, where it's natural to use.

    So you don't know if there's a way to fix it; maybe there is. You just thought you'd come in here and rain on the parade.

    Anyway, there's an app called USB Overdrive that may be able to help. Should definitely work if you're using a third-party mouse. May not if you're using the Magic Mouse.
  5. Dewroo macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
    Tilton, NH.
    1. I ment the arugment of "natural scrolling isn't intuitive"
    2. I was trying to offer some discourse in an otherwise empty thread.

    You were able to be more knowledgeable then me, and thats awesome!
  6. 50548 Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    In part, yes; if you go to the Universal Access preference pane you can set separate tracking/scrolling configurations. This doesn't apply, however, to natural or normal scrolling settings.
  7. stooovie macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2010
    Look for ScrollReverser. I use it since Lion came out exactly for this problem. You can set direction for trackpad, mouse AND tablet separately.
  8. Rennir thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2012
    I'm not using a magic mouse, and thanks for the suggestion, I'll check it out! :)

    Not sure exactly what you mean here? I want to use natural scrolling on the MBP's trackpad, but normal scrolling on a mouse.

    Thanks for the help! :D

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