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Reverse Scrolling or Australian Scrolling on Chromebook

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Chromebook supports traditional scrolling and Australian scrolling. You can change the scrolling direction for your mouse or trackpad from the Settings app.

How to Change to Reverse or Australian Scrolling

To change the scrolling direction on your Chromebook:

  1. Open the Settings App.
  2. Go to Device > Touchpad.
  3. Under Scrolling, select Traditional or Australian.
Settings app
Chromebook reverse scrolling
Chromebook reverse scrolling

How Australian and Traditional Scrolling Work

Here is how these two scrolling orders work:

  • Traditional – Swipe up to move the page down
  •  Australian – Swipe up to move the page up

Questions? Let us know in the comments section. We will be happy to help you with any followup questions.


3 responses to “Reverse Scrolling or Australian Scrolling on Chromebook”

  1. Reverse scrolling as existed for a long time – I’ve used it for at least a year, maybe two.

    1. Do you mean “reverse scrolling” on the touchpad? This is “australian scrolling”. The “reverse scrolling” in this article is a separate setting for mouses only (see screenshot). I do prefer australian scrolling. But this setting also reverses the scrolling direction on mouses which still feels wrong to me. Finally, I can setup both devices the way I want.

      1. Yes, reverse scrolling on the touchpad. My bad.

        First noticed it on my wife’s Macbook a few years ago. Initially it seemed really weird since I wasn’t used to it. But it’s actually rather logical – reverse scrolling is more like moving a physical item around, whereas conventional scrolling moves the screen in the opposite direction of the hand gesture.


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