Scrolling switcher

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Starting with 10.7 Lion, Apple switched the scrolling direction. This can cause some confusion with people used to older Mac OS versions, or people coming from a Windows background.

I wanted to see if it were possible to allow people to toggle this, so I did some digging. I found a script for trackpads on Super User, but it used GUI scripting. I tried to get something working with the CLI (so I could use “do shell script” instead), but couldn’t find anything that worked.

I also tried to detect the presence of a trackpad beforehand, but didn’t get too far with that. Though most people don’t have a mouse and a trackpad connected at the same time (and expect to use both), changing the scrolling direction applies to both – at least in 10.8.

Update: both scripts are now on GitHub.

Tested with: 10.7, 10.8

2 comments on “Scrolling switcher

  1. nbalonso says:

    “Live long and prosper” you AppleScript (:

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