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Quick fixes for common Mac problems

How to change the scroll direction on Mac?

Is your Mac’s mouse wheel scrolling the wrong way? It’s no problem — you can easily change this from System Preferences.

Change scroll direction on your Mac

  1. Open System Preferences from the Apple menu.

  2. If you’re using your laptop’s trackpad, select Trackpad. If you’re using an external mouse, select Mouse.

  3. Open the second tab, Scroll & Zoom.

  4. Scroll directon change

    To change the scroll direction of your mouse or trackpad, check (or uncheck) the box marked Scroll direction: Natural. This will reverse your scroll direction, regardless of whether it was already checked or not.

Change scrolling speed on Mac

If you find yourself scrolling past important passages too quickly or inching down a page with long, sweeping scrolls, you might need to change your scrolling speed. This process is slightly different for a trackpad and a mouse.

To change your mouse’s scrolling speed:

  1. Go to System Preferences > Mouse.

  2. Use the slider to adjust your scrolling speed. You can do this a little at a time — as the speed changes immediately, you can test out different speeds on a document or web page.

To change your trackpad’s scrolling speed:

  1. Go to System Preferences > Accessibility.

  2. Select Pointer Control from the menu on the left.

  3. Choose Mouse & Trackpad tab. 

  4. Select Trackpad Options.

  5. Use the slider to adjust your scrolling speed. 

To adjust the scrolling speed of your mouse, go to the Mouse Options. 

That’s it! It may take some playing around with speed and scrolling direction to find a combination that works best for you.

How to optimize your Mac 

Regular optimization increases your device's overall performance while allowing you to control what is running on your Mac. Meaningless things like login items, launch agents, hung applications, and heavy consumers slow down your system and ruin the unmatched Mac experience. 

Meet Apple notarized utility tool CleanMyMac X— the most effortless way to optimize your Mac. It has a widely popular Optimization module designed to make your Mac run more smoothly. You can download CleanMyMac X for free here.

Drivers in Launch Agents tab

  1. Launch the CleanMyMac X app. 

  2. Choose Optimization from the sidebar menu.

  3. Click View All Items. Select the area you want to optimize and the apps you’d like to quit.

  4. Press Remove.

  5. Enjoy a more flawless & faster Mac!

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