Ubuntu – Reverse two finger scroll direction (natural scrolling)


Two-fingered scrolling is working fine, but is there a way that I can reverse the direction (natural scrolling)? It seems backwards opposed to the way OSX does it.

Best Answer

First way: using GNOME Settings

I don’t know which version of Ubuntu you’re using, but in Ubuntu 13.04 to Ubuntu 20.04 (I guess), it’s possible via Mouse and Touchpad settings.

So first, open System Settings > Mouse and Touchpad. As seen in the screenshot below if there’s an option for content sticks to fingers, check it. Then the scrollbars will work in reverse direction. I recommend clicking the "Test Your Settings" button to try it out.


Second way: using DConf Editor

This is also accessible via DConf Editor as well. To install DConf Editor, run:

sudo apt-get install dconf-editor

Then go to org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.touchpad and check natural-scroll.

You can also set this option on the command line:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.touchpad natural-scroll true