How to Change Scroll Direction on Mac: External Mouse

Mouse scrolling the wrong direction? Fix it quickly with these steps.

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Sometimes when you connect an external mouse to your Mac, the scroll direction is the opposite of what you want it to be. Fortunately, the process to change mouse direction on Mac is pretty simple, and the setting can be changed back just as easily when needed. We'll walk you through how to change scroll direction on Mac when using an external mouse.

Related: How to Change Scroll Direction on Mac for Built-In Trackpad

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Scroll the way you’re used to instead of having to adjust to scrolling the opposite way.
  • Quickly and easily switch settings when you plug in or disconnect an external mouse.

How to Change Scroll Direction on Mac for External Mouse

Changing scroll direction is very simple in mouse settings on Mac. For more tips on customizing your device settings, sign up for our Tip of the Day newsletter. Once your external mouse is connected, follow these steps to change which way you scroll on Mac:

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the upper-left corner and select System Preferences.

    Under Apple menu, open System Preferences in order to change mouse scroll direction on Mac.
  2. Click on Mouse.

    Click on the Mouse icon in the System Preferences window to open Mouse settings on Mac.
  3. Check or uncheck the checkbox for Scroll Direction: Natural.

    Check or uncheck the box for Scroll direction: Natural. This is the scroll reverser on Mac.

When the checkbox is checked, rolling the mouse wheel up will scroll down, and vice versa. When it’s unchecked, rolling the mouse wheel up will scroll up, and vice versa. Select the setting that feels right to you, and you can always change it back if you change your mind.

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Devala Rees has been a writer since the age of eleven, and a loyal user of Apple products for even longer. His writing background is quite eclectic, from freelance professional articles to Hindu religious scholarship to fantasy novels. Much of his writing on various topics can be found on