Getting Started with OS X Mountain Lion

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

Natural scrolling

By default, Mountain Lion 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 Lion before, natural scrolling may seem awkward at first. However, since it mimics the way mobile devices work, it may not take long to get used to it. You can switch between natural and traditional scrolling in your mouse settings to see which one you prefer.

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


    Screenshot of OS X Mountain LionOpening System Preferences
  2. Select the Mouse icon to go to your mouse settings.


    Screenshot of OS X Mountain LionGoing 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 Mountain LionChanging the scroll direction