If you’ve ever used a Mac computer you quickly start getting a feel for the natural scrolling system that makes it more natural, scroll up to move the page up and scroll down to move the page down just as you would if you were moving piece of paper on your desk.
Back when the mouse was king, scrolling down to move the page up made sense because the scroll-bar would move down; basically it mimicked the movement of the marker in the bar. With the advent of touch screens and two finger scrolling on Macs, it made perfect sense to move toward natural scrolling; but many complain that on a computer it doesn’t make sense nor does it feel natural. I personally beg to differ, it feels quite natural to me; I think of the scroll pad as a flat version of the screen, like with the dual screens on a Nintendo DS or having a small tablet surface. Now that I have been using natural scrolling for a while I can see how the old way is actually counter-intuitive and needs to change.
I’ve gotten so used to it at work that I had to change my mouse wheel scroll settings in Windows to be the same and now I’m sharing it with you so you can start to be more natural with your scrolling.
Open Notepad, Notepad++, or any other text editor. No, Microsoft Word will not work.
Type in the following lines for Windows 7:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID\VID_045E&PID_00F9&MI_01&Col02\7&319870ac&0&0001\Device Parameters] "FlipFlopWheel"=dword:00000001
Type in the following lines for Windows 10:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID\VID_045E&PID_00F9&MI_01&Col02\7&319870ac&0&0001\Device Parameters] "FlipFlopWheel"=dword:00000001 "ForceAbsolute"=dword:00000000 "Migrated"=dword:00000001 "HScrollPageOverride"=dword:00000000 "HScrollUsageOverride"=dword:00000000 "HScrollHighResolutionDisable"=dword:00000000 "VScrollPageOverride"=dword:00000000 "VScrollUsageOverride"=dword:00000000 "VScrollHighResolutionDisable"=dword:00000000 "FlipFlopHScroll"=dword:00000000
- Click File → Save As
- Choose Desktop as the location to save and name the file InvertMouse.reg
Go to your desktop and double-click the InvertMouse.reg file to make the entry into the registry then restart your computer.
Now if mice makers would start to use the Magic Mouse technology or Apple would allow their mice to be used on other OS systems.