Getting Started with OS X Mavericks

If you're new to OS X Mavericks getting started is simple. Just follow the instructions provided in this free lesson.

Natural scrolling

By default, Mavericks uses natural scrolling, which means things move in the opposite direction from "traditional" scrolling. To understand this, let's compare traditional and natural scrolling:

To change scrolling type:

If you've never used natural scrolling before, it may seem awkward at first. However, since it mimics the way mobile devices work it may not take very long to get used to it. You can switch between natural and traditional scrolling in your mouse or trackpad settings to see which one you prefer.

  1. Click the Apple icon, then select System Preferences.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksOpening System Preferences
  2. Select the Mouse icon to go to your mouse settings, or select Trackpad to go to your trackpad settings.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksGoing to Mouse settings
  3. Next to Scroll direction, uncheck the check box to use traditional scrolling, or check it to use natural scrolling.


    Screenshot of OS X MavericksChanging the scroll direction