Disable momentum scrolling on a MacBook Pro

Jul 30, 2010 - 5 Comments

Scrolling with momentum is a feature that is included with some MacBook Pro trackpads (and MacBooks thanks to a recent software update from Apple). The behavior is very much like the iPad or iPhone, when you are scrolling through anything you can give the trackpad a swipe and the speed of your gesture will determine the length of the scroll. I like this feature and keep it enabled on my MacBook Pro, but some people are bothered by it.

Disable scrolling with momentum on a MacBook Pro trackpad

* Open System Preferences
* Click on ‘Trackpad’
* Under “Two Finger” gestures, look for ‘Scrolling’
* Click on the pulldown menu and select ‘Scrolling without momentum”
* Close System Preferences

Changes will take effect immediately. You can enable the momentum scrolling by simply reversing the setting to ‘with momentum’ and your setting will be back to the default. Some people call this feature ‘intertia scrolling’ or ‘inertial scrolling’ but Apple calls it ‘scrolling with momentum’ within the System Preferences, making it the proper description.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Otreb says:

    On my preferences pane it says with and without inertia, so thats why some people may be calling it that way, anyway good tip! I did not like it when it started doing that.

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  3. […] those that do have newer MacBook models and don’t like the feature, you can disable inertia scrolling rather easily […]

  4. Will says:

    I just got the magic trackpad and found that the inertia option caused rough scrolling in certain applications. (i.e. MacVim) Since I am a developer, I use MacVim nearly every day and it was a big find to figure out that the scrolling works much better with inertia turned off.

  5. […] that in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, intertial scrolling was called “scrolling with momentum” instead, and the option was contained within the standard Trackpad & Mouse preference panel. […]

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