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by Tom Nelson

Starting with OS X Lion, Apple changed how scroll bars work and are displayed in any window that has a need for scrolling. This is different from the issue of natural vs. unnatural scrolling, which is a fancy way of saying which way a window’s contents move when you scroll.

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I’ll let others argue about natural and unnatural scrolling, which can be successfully argued by either side; in other words, I think it’s a toss-up.

But the issue of scroll bars not appearing, or only appearing if you’re in the process of scrolling, is a user interface mistake on Apple’s part. Apple may have gone a little too far in its zeal to bring all things iOS to the Mac OS.

Read more on About: Macs.

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