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Geeks Union | October 17, 2017

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Stop OS X Lion “Rubber Band” Scrolling

Stop OS X Lion “Rubber Band” Scrolling

Some OS X Lion features drive people crazy and “rubber band scrolling” is one of them. You can turn this feature off with just one line in Terminal.

As with so many other ‘hidden’ settings in OS X, the fix for this is just a Terminal command away:

defaults write -g NSScrollViewRubberbanding -int 0

In Terminal, enter that command then press Return. It should stop the behavior in the Finder, Mail, Preview, and TextEdit, among other applications; it does not, however, work universally, Safari being one notable exception.

If you want to revert to the standard bouncy behavior, just run this command in Terminal:

defaults delete -g NSScrollViewRubberbanding

In both cases, you’ll need to quit and relaunch any applications that displayed the rubber-band effect.

 




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dremora
dremora

Rubber band scrolling is actually a great feature in terms of visuals, I don't know why people get so irked by it. I like it the way it is, I wouldn't change it.

MiaM
MiaM

Wow, thanks for this tip! I hate the "rubber band" scrolling and I did not know you could turn it off. I'm turning it off as soon as I post this. I won't be reverting to the "bouncy behavior either.

Kathleen C
Kathleen C

Rubber band scrolling must have been what I ran into when I was trying out my brother's device. It definitely was an annoying feature. I can't wait to tell him there is a way to turn it off. He's probably already figured that out, but as of this past week, he hadn't turned it off.

Halpal
Halpal

Great, it is good to know this. I am so not clued in, I did not know until two weeks ago that you could scroll up and down with two fingers on a Mac laptop touchpad! I haven't got OS Lion yet, but I must say my Macbook Pro touchpad is really good.

bledred
bledred

Thank you so much for sharing this tip! The "rubber band" scrolling gets me extremely annoyed, and I had no idea how to disable it. Thanks to this, I can use my Mac without over-scrolling. It is highly unlikely that I am going to "revert to the standard bouncy behavior".