Everybody in the world knows the basics of computer use, right? Point, click, scroll. Statistics are sketchy and my own history and circle of Mac friends limited, I’ve yet to run into any Mac user, regardless of experience level, including the hundreds of students who attend the school where I work, who don’t know how to scroll. It’s Computer 101, right?
Scrolling web pages, documents, photos, or anything on a Mac’s screen ranks up there with Command-C to copy, or Command-Q to quit an app. What could one possibly do to improve the basic understanding of scrolling on your Mac? As it turns out, scrolling for some Mac users is a fine art.
The Smarter Scroll
For Mac users with a Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad or, in the case of a Mac notebook with a trackpad, scrolling is as intuitive as it is on an iPhone or iPad. Amazingly, for Mac users who care, there are ways to, well, scroll better and scroll smarter and reasons why you want to. That’s what Smart Scroll does. It’s a Mac utility that makes scrolling faster, smoother, easier, and with more granular controls over your input device of choice (including the keyboard).
Smart Scroll comes with six different control options to improve the hover scroll, go to hands-free auto scrolling, add a grab control scroll, use the keyboard to scroll, and even employs the popular vector scroll from Windows.
Compare this to the default mouse and trackpad controls on your Mac.
If you’re a Mac user who is somewhat dissatisfied with how the Mac scrolls, especially when compared to some Windows PCs, then Smart Scroll is the answer. Two words: Granular controls.
- Scroll Wheel and MultiTouch: It’s smoother and faster than the Mac’s built-in scroll options. If the Mac can see the scroll wheel on a third party mouse, it works with Smart Scroll.
- Hover Scroll – Why isn’t this on a Mac already. Move the onscreen pointer up or down on a page and it scrolls without click and grab or flipping a trackpad.
- Auto Scroll – Point to the page, tap the option key, and let the scrolling begin at a speed good for your reading.
- Grab Scroll – Instead of using the trackpad or top of the Magic Mouse, simply grab the window contents and toss it in the direction, up or down, that you want. It’s more like throw scrolling on the iPhone and iPad.
- Scroll Keys – Even the Mac’s keyboard can be used to scroll a page.
- Vector Scroll – This is the rubber-band effect personified on the Mac. Click on the page, move from the click point to another direction; the farther away you move, the faster the page scrolls.
There is much to like with Smart Scroll, including the try-before-you-buy option. Those who use it, love it. Those who don’t, probably haven’t tried it yet because scrolling a better way is an acquired taste, yet it works on new Mac trackpads, most mic, including Magic Mouse, and the popular Vector Scroll option works on most Mac apps.