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Combining some findings from a recent hint and on Apple's forums, I've finally found a way to disable the annoying rubber-band scrolling in most applications. All the credit goes to those guys as they did the initial investigation.

It works in applications like:
  • Finder
  • Mail
  • Preview
  • TextEdit
  • Xcode
and probably in most applications that use the standard UI (the string to be used in defaults appears in AppKit.framework). It doesn't work in Safari or iTunes.

In Terminal type:
defaults write -g NSScrollViewRubberbanding -int 0
It should work after you relaunch your applications.

To undo this change, run this command in Terminal:
defaults delete -g NSScrollViewRubberbanding
[kirkmc adds: Works as described. I haven't tested many apps, so feel free to post which ones work and which don't in the comments.]
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Remove rubber band scrolling in most apps
Authored by: apikoros on May 10, '12 10:00:23AM

Please— just what is "rubber-band" scrolling? Is it present in Snow Leopard?



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Authored by: DCJ001 on May 10, '12 11:52:53AM

I'll take "Search Engines" for $100, Alex.

What is Google?

Rubber band scrolling - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjuNGpU29Mk



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Remove rubber band scrolling in most apps
Authored by: zo219 on May 11, '12 02:35:02AM

In reply to DCJ001, can I just say, Best Comment of the Year. If not Decade.

Edited on May 11, '12 02:36:49AM by zo219



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Authored by: frgough on May 15, '12 01:25:07PM

You know, if everyone just said "google it" and no one actually answered the question somewhere at least once, googling it would be useless.



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Authored by: zo219 on Mar 18, '13 02:20:58PM

Deep. Probably too deep for the Interwebs.



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Authored by: simsamsep on May 10, '12 12:00:58PM

Rubber band scrolling is new in Lion, only on hardware that supports it and only with input devices that register swipe gestures like Magic mouse or Trackpad. It is scrolling beyond the limits of the document or window content. It feels more or less OK with touch screens on iPad or iPhone, but I find it very annoying on a Mac, especially in Safari. Regrettably, this tip does not work for Safari. See also discussion here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3224465



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Authored by: apikoros on May 10, '12 12:14:58PM

Thank you, simsamsep. Much appreciated.



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Authored by: PixelPoint on May 10, '12 10:15:41AM

Dude....there's an option for this ever since it has been introduced.

System Preferences -> Universal Access -> Mouse & Trackpad -> Trackpad Options -> Scrolling without inertia.

The rubber band effect is called scrolling with inertia. It's the effect on the iPhone that when you scroll up or down, it keeps scrolling on it's own for a few seconds



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Authored by: kirkmc on May 11, '12 01:21:42AM

No, inertia is the fact that after you stop scrolling your page continues to scroll a bit more. That's not what this hint is about.

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Authored by: Havner on May 11, '12 01:33:14AM

> The rubber band effect is called scrolling with inertia.

It's been almost a year since Lion got released and people still mix up those two ;-)

Edited on May 11, '12 01:33:47AM by Havner



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Authored by: dilvish1984 on May 10, '12 02:57:54PM

I actually like the new scrolling behavior -- to me it lends a sense of physicality -- but I can understand that many people may not be impressed. However, I'm having a lot of trouble figuring out how it would become particularly annoying to anyone. Would one of you that hates it so much that you would go to such lengths to figure out how to disable it explain what it is about the behavior that is so annoying to you? I'm sincerely curious, as an interface designer, and want to better understand this reaction. Thanks!



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Authored by: Havner on May 10, '12 04:04:40PM

I don't hate rubber band scrolling per se. What I hate is its performance. In several places, namely Mail, iTunes, Mac App Store it's very jerky. _VERY_. Every heavy surface that gets to a point where rubber band scrolling kicks in behaves this way. I own MBP 13" from 2010 which might not be the newest, but still, is not very outdated. NVidia 320M is even a little bit faster then Intel 3000HD that's massively used in current Macs.

When the rubber band kicks in I'm forced to wait till it ends and the animation is very far from smooth. It's impossible to scroll the other way at that point. If the experience were as smooth as it is on iOS I probably wouldn't mind. But Apple f*cked up this seriously. For the UI that was never designed to handle this they forced the behavior on already existing apps. The end result is not what I'd call usability.

So in general, to maintain my previous UI performance it's easier to just turn it off. As it doesn't seem to get any better. Checked Mountain Lion. It's exactly the same.

The important thing is that people were trying to disable it since Lion was released. For whatever reason. I'm just surprised that there was a "defaults" setting for this since the very beginning... Now I'm happy that we finally have a way.

Edited on May 10, '12 04:12:57PM by Havner



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Authored by: dilvish1984 on May 10, '12 05:12:42PM

Wow! I can see how that would be annoying.

I'm really surprised you're having this problem with a 2010 MBP, though -- I'm currently using a 2006 MacBook Pro 15" and haven't seen the jerkiness you describe. Are you having other performance issues? I have to wonder if there isn't something wrong with your system that's causing a whole lot of processor cycles to be eaten needlessly... though, obviously, the rebounding behavior should be a really low level routine getting really high priority, so even under constrained conditions it should perform well (I'm pretty sure Apple would agree that the user interface should come first, before any background process).



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Authored by: Havner on May 10, '12 09:49:30PM

I don't have any performance issues and it's not my system. I work on Macs on daily basis and every single system I've seen has that. It's just that most people don't mind.

Enter iTunes, select some iOS device, and enter the 'Apps' screen. And try to scroll really fast up and down. Or just down trigerring rubber band all the time. See how jerky it becomes.

The scrolling itself could be much better and smoother, and rubber band on top of that doesn't help. The whole thing can lag behind.

Edited on May 10, '12 10:17:57PM by Havner



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Authored by: simsamsep on May 11, '12 01:18:23AM

Why do I hate rubber band scrolling in Safari?

I usually keep one or two fingers on the Magic Mouse. The rubber band scrolling will enable scrolling sideways even when there is nothing to scroll, when all of the horizontal content of a web page is inside the window. The slightest movement of my fingers, even lifting a finger and placing it back on the mouse, may move the viewed web page horizontally. Web pages are constantly dancing to and fro horizontally.



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Authored by: ragnu on May 11, '12 08:01:22AM

To answer dilvish1984, rubber-band scrolling is (was) one of those animations that aren't particularly useful, and that get on my nerves big time. I can't provide a rational explanation for this, but since I can, thanks to inertial scrolling, get to the top of a page with a flick of my finger on my magic mouse, I see no need for that additional bounce. Another such animation, that I haven't found a way to disable, is what happens when you double-click a file icon to open it. The icon sort of jumps out at you. I know it's there to show that your double click has registered, but, honestly, how many times have you flubbed a double-click? (And when you do, you find out soon enough because the file doesn't open.) As a rule, I'm for sobriety in an OS, so I can keep my attention focused on my work.



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Authored by: macosnoob on May 14, '12 07:11:59AM

@ragnu

"Another such animation, that I haven't found a way to disable, is what happens when you double-click a file icon to open it. The icon sort of jumps out at you."

In Snow Leopard (don't know about Lion), you can disable that "jump out" animation with TinkerTool. Under TT's Finder options, [untick] "Show animation effect when opening files" and then relaunch the Finder. No doubt TT launches a defaults write command of some sort.



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Authored by: zav on May 11, '12 11:52:45AM

Hey, thanks guys.

I have been working on this since Lion came out and thanks to the help of like minded mac users, we figured it out (yes, you Tclement).

I'm currently working on fixing (killing) bouncing/elastic scrolling in Safari (and iTunes). Hopefully, we'll have good news over the weekend.

Cheers,
- Zav



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