Remove rubber band scrolling in most apps

May 10, '12 07:30:00AM

Contributed by: Havner

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:

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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