Chrome OS now activates Natural Scrolling when it detects a touchscreen


The touchscreen (and touchpad) movement has changed much of how we use a computer. Natural Scrolling makes things simpler by immitating the way we would normally drag a page. This works well for smartphones and tablets (or any touchscreen, for that matter), but should it be applied to touch pads? Google seems to believe so.

The latest Chrome OS Dev update brings Natural Scrolling (or Australian Scrolling) to all devices with a touchscreen. If the browser detects a touchscreen in your device, Natural Scrolling will be activated.

The touchscreen already has this feature but the trackpad currently works the old-fashioned way. This should help keep all functions parallel with each other; you get used to interacting with both the touchscreen and touch pad the same way.

This may not be convenient for all, though. Apple has been using Natural Scrolling with its computers, and I always turn it off. Also, Natural Scrolling usually messes with my mouse’s scrolling wheel. It’s a matter of habits, but I just can’t get used to Natural Scrolling with a computer touch pad. I will just have to look for the option to turn it off – will you keep it on?

[François Beaufort]