Wait! What? The Mac has a scrolling problem? Who knew? It isn’t so much a scrolling problem for the great unwashed masses of Mac users as it is, well, scrolling can be so much better, and making it better is free.
The Mac utility that does the happiness deed is called Mos. As is moss, but without the last s.
Moss Mos does something very cool, most notably for Mac notebook users, which represent around 8 of 10 Mac users.
It would be easy simply to say that Mos adds more controls. Or, that Mos makes scrolling smoother. Mos is a combination of both. The Mac has a couple of built-in scrolling options in System Preferences > General– Show Scroll Bars and Click In The Scroll Bar, but Mos is different.
System Preferences > Mouse controls do not effect scrolling. Likewise, System Preferences > Trackpad controls has one option. Mos has a gazillion options– smooth scrolling options, set direction options, and keep them independent; trackpad vs. mouse.
In General settings, select Smooth Scrolling, or Scroll Reverse if that’s your preference. Because Mos separates mouse and touchpad controls independently, you get more options, and more control.
Wait. There’s more.
The Advanced settings give you options for both Shift Key and Block Key and slider bars with numeric controls for Duration, Speed, and Step movements.
As always, trial and error is your friend. Adjustments can make the scrolling– mouse wheel or trackpad– smooth and easy, or faster or slower.
Now, get this.
Mos Preferences has an Exception mode and it works on a per app basis. Choose the apps you want on your Mac for Smooth or Reverse.
Mos settings are simple but the method is trial and error. If you get lost in the adjustments, click the Reset To Default button in Advanced and you can get back to normal. Scroll settings are an acquired taste, but once you get them set to your liking, nothing else works as well.
Not bad for free, right?