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.
Stop OS X Lion “Rubber Band” Scrolling
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".