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Disable smooth scrolling in Mountain Lion System 10.8
Thanks to John Siracusa for this sanity saving tip! To turn off smooth scrolling, run the following command in Terminal:

defaults write -g NSScrollAnimationEnabled -bool NO
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Disable smooth scrolling in Mountain Lion
Authored by: gunnersmurf on Aug 02, '12 07:31:23AM

Does shutting off smooth scrolling result in a system performance boost or is it just a personal preference?



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Why?
Authored by: SeanAhern on Aug 08, '12 06:23:56AM

Pardon the ignorance, but why would one want to disable "smooth scrolling"? Maybe I'm not cognizant of what it is and why it would be worth disabling.



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Why?
Authored by: r-spx on Aug 28, '12 08:32:30AM

It's a minor thing that controls whether page up/down in a document is instant, or whether it's an animated scroll. On most Macs users won't notice a difference but on the Retina MacBooks it can be jerky and unpleasant.

Took me a while to work it out too.



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Disable smooth scrolling in Mountain Lion
Authored by: radek on Jan 29, '13 08:16:13AM

Unfortunately the Reader function does not work properly with smooth scrolling disabled. Upon pressing a space bar it jumps to the end of the page instead interpreting it as "page down". At least in OS X 10.8.2 and Safari 6.0.2



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