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10.7: Reverse Reversed Scrolling direction
Authored by: Mike Perry on Jul 22, '11 07:44:40AM

Someone suggested: "You don't need to have a Trackpad in order to see the Trackpad settings pane to change the setting. The scroll direction is available under the Mouse settings. "

Unfortunately, as someone else has noted, what appears on these panels is very hardware specific. On my late 2006 iMac the Mouse preferences screen is sparse. It only has adjustments for tracking speed and double-click speed, along with radio buttons for setting the left or right button as the primary mouse button. It's so bare, I can't miss anything else.

This is interesting. I just activated my Microsoft Bluetooth mouse. Now, I get a more complex Mouse preferences that does include the shadowy "Move content" checkbox.

The good news is that I can turn Bluetooth off and, although the "Move content" checkbox disappears, the Preference sticks. My iMac is normal again and just like my MacBook. Yeah!

I've nothing against Apple's rationale for changing trackpad behavior. I just believe that it's more intuitive to have mouse scrolling behave differently. Users should be able to set both behaviors separately.



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