Scrolling direction: Natural vs. Unnatural

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Dilster3k, Aug 10, 2014.


Natural scrolling or Unnatural scrolling?

  1. I use Natural

    7 vote(s)
  2. I use Unnatural

    10 vote(s)
  1. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2014
    A few years ago the scroll direction gesture used in our trackpads was inverted to mimic the scrolling of an iPhone / iPad. Natural scrolling for the last few years has been the default setting within OS X, yet I personally still prefer to use the Unnatural setting.

    What do you use and why?

  2. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    After using the iPhone and iPad, the natural scrolling just felt completely right to it.

    It's a different mindset. The old way was about moving scroll bars around a window, while the new way is about "pushing" your content around. I prefer the latter.
  3. wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    For trackpads, I like unnatural for vertical scrolling, but natural for horizontal swiping. Anyone know of a program that would allow this?
  4. Manic Harmonic macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2011
    Just a guess, bettertouchtool maybe? I would think it would have that option. If not you should send the developer a request. Also I think totalspaces can do this, but infidelity only for spaces.

    I have natural scrolling turned off.
    I've been using OS X since Tiger, and Windows before that, always with traditional scrolling so I was always just used to that and saw no need to change it. When I do a fresh install it's the first thing I change.
    It feels right on a touchscreen, but not with a trackpad and especially not with a mouse... And definitely feels awkward with a Kensington expert mouse.

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