We show you how to enable “Natural Scrolling” on your Chromebook.
For anyone that’s been using a laptop for the last 10 years using a touchpad is second nature, but for post-iPad users touchpads are anything but intuitive.
Think about it.
Scrolling up on a touchpad moves the page down, scrolling down moves it up. It’s completely unintuitive. For touch screen natives “traditional scrolling” just doesn’t make sense. The iPad generation is used to one-to-one analogue gestures, so how can we provide that on a Chromebook?
Mac users will be familiar with what Apple calls “Natural Scrolling”. When you scroll on a Mac touchpad it’s like you’re swiping a physical page up or down, just like on the iPad. For those of us who have used Windows for years it can be a bit like rubbing your stomach while tapping your head, but it is a far more intuitive way of hopping around a browser window, especially for new users. Fortunately, Natural Scrolling isn’t limited to the Mac, you can also enable it on your Chromebook. Here’s how:
How to enable “Natural Scrolling” on your Chromebook
Google’s version of “Natural Scrolling” is humorously called “Australian Scrolling” — get it? — and it’s really simple to enable.
- Type “chrome://settings/pointer-overlay” in your Chromebook’s address bar.
- Select “Australian Scrolling” from the menu.
- Click OK.
And you’re done! You’ll now be scrolling naturally like the best of them.