You’ve probably ended up on this article because you want to learn how to scroll down on MacBook Pro or how to scroll down on MacBook Air - there are multiple ways to scroll on a MacBook, and we will take you through each of the possible ways.

You can scroll down on the Mac by using the trackpad, space bar, keyboard arrows, and or a mouse that is plugged in externally.

Let’s learn about the different methods…

How To Scroll Down On Mac

Differences Compared to Windows/PC

There are a few things to note before we dive into the ways we can scroll down on Mac - you are probably used to how it works on a normal Windows PC. But there are a couple of differences:

  1. Two fingers on the trackpad. Scrolling up or down on MacBook requires two fingers on the trackpad
  2. Reversed scroll. The scrolling direction on the MacBook is usually reversed but you can change this in your mouse configuration settings.

On the MacBook Pro or the MacBook Air, you have to get used to the scrolling gestures but once you understand them, it is easy to get used to them and it won’t take long.

Scroll Down On Mac Using The Trackpad

One of the main ways to scroll on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air is to just use the trackpad. By default, the scrolling gesture on the MacBook is reversed, so it may feel weird at first but, this can be altered in your mouse settings.

[Picture or GIF of scrolling using the trackpad and two fingers]

Place two fingers on the MacBook trackpad and scroll in the direction you want to go. This must be done using two fingers, no need to click down either, just slide your fingers up or down in the direction you want to go.

To scroll horizontally, just swipe two fingers sideways. Moving your fingers to the right will slide right and moving them to the left will slide left.

Using The Space Bar To Scroll

This method is great for specific use cases and can also be done on Windows, so you may already be used to it.

Scroll Down On Mac Using Spacebar

A great example is if you are on a website and you aren’t already focused inside a textbox. In this case, you can hit the space bar and you will scroll down, great for when you need to rush down towards the bottom of the page.

Just remember, this method of using the space bar isn’t the most precise, so only really used when you need to reach further down quickly.

You can also do SHIFT + Space Bar to scroll upwards instead of down.

Scroll Up On Mac Using Spacebar

Scrolling down with spacebar on Mac:

  • Spacebar = Scroll one page down
  • SHIFT + Spacebar = Scroll one page up

Using the MacBook Keyboard Arrow Keys

The arrow keys on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air can be used to scroll up or down on a website, for example.

You can also perform CMD + up or down arrow to scroll as well. These are the equivalents to Page Down and Page Up keys present in some PC laptops.

CMD + Arrow Up = Scroll To The Top

Page Up Key On Mac To Scroll To Top

CMD + Arrow Down = Scroll To The Bottom

Page Down Key On Mac To Scroll To The Bottom

Scroll Using External Mouse On Mac

Vertical Scroll with Mouse Wheel

And of course, you can plug in an external mouse to your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air - just make sure you have the right adapters if your mouse is probably using USB Type-A when most of the modern MacBooks require USB Type C connectors.

But as like with any external mouse, just use the scroll wheel to navigate up or down.

Scroll Horizontally With Mouse Wheel

You can scroll horizontally with the mouse just by pressing the SHIFT key while you scroll up or down with the mouse wheel.

Scroll left on Mac = SHIFT + Mouse Wheel Up

Scroll Left On Mac Using Mouse Wheel

Scroll right on Mac = SHIFT + Mouse Wheel Down

Scroll Right On Mac Using Mouse Wheel

Changing Your MacBook Scrolling Preferences

By default, the trackpad configuration on the MacBook is reversed, as in the scrolling direction. If you cannot get used to this configuration, don’t worry, because you can change this in your mouse settings.

  1. Head over to the ‘Apple logo’ in the top left corner of your screen

    Apple Logo To Change Scroll Mac Configuration

  2. Click on ‘System Preferences’

    Apple System Preferences To Change Scroll Mac Configuration

  3. Select ‘Trackpad’ to open up your mouse settings.

    Trackpad Configuration For Mac To Configure Scroll Down

  4. Go over to ‘Scroll and Zoom’ and then untick the checkbox next to ‘Scroll Direction: Natural’ and then this will change it for you.

    Configure Scroll Down Direction On Mac

About the author:

Luke Embrey is a full-stack developer, BSc in Computer Science and based in the UK.
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