By default settings, Chromebook comes with a reverse scrolling enabled. This applies to the touchpad as well as for the mouse that you have connected to your Chromebook. Google is doing nothing differently here – they are also just following what most regular PCs have been doing since their birth. The only exception is the macOS systems that come with Reverse Scrolling enabled.
Before jumping into the guide to change the settings, let me quickly brief about two types of scrolling used in a variety of devices, i.e., Natural scrolling, and Reverse scrolling.
In natural scrolling, the display scrolls in the same direction as the swipe on the Touchpad. Think of it like you are browsing a webpage on your smartphone or a tablet. The web page will scroll in the direction of the finger movement on the touch screen. Reverse scrolling is precisely the opposite. The display will scroll in the reverse direction of the swipe on the touchpad. Natural scrolling was first introduced by Apple for their macOS when they introduced OSx Lion in mid of 2011. The macOS community was confused by this sudden change in the touchpad usage, and many users vented their discomfort via the forums. Apple justified that the reason for the change is to match the swipe operation in its iPhone and iPad.
Coming back to Chrome OS, Google chose to use the Reverse scrolling as default settings. Although this move won’t affect the Windows OS users, people shifting from macOS to Chrome OS may want the Natural scrolling.
Changing Touchpad to Natural Scrolling on Chrome 79
Step 1) Click on the Settings icon from the System Tray menu.
Step 2) Click “Device” on the Settings options and then click “Touchpad.”
Step 3) Change the “scrolling” radio button to “Australian.” Don’t worry. This is not yet another scrolling type. It’s Google’s way of terming Natural scrolling. I have no idea why, but I’m sure Australians did not invent natural scrolling! The default “Traditional” is nothing but the “Reverse” type.
That’s it! You should immediately see Natural scrolling activated when you use your Touchpad.