How To Scroll In Safari Using Lion

How To Scroll in Safari

When you open Safari in Lion most of it looks familiar. However, when you decide to use the scroll bar you will be caught up short. There are no arrows at the top and bottom of the scroll bar that let you scroll by page or by line, or however you had them set in Snow Leopard. If you check in the Preferences you will discover there are no options for adding them back in.

I discovered this while trying to review a web site with 50 items on it. I had a terrible time trying to stop and look at each one.

Two solutions. Lion is designed so that we will use the Trackpads on our laptop models or purchase a Magic Trackpad for our desktop models. With a trackpad we just place the cursor inside the page we are working with and move up and down by placing two fingers on the trackpad and moving them up and down. We have complete control of where a page starts and stops using our finger movements. That is solution one.

Solution two is for those who don’t want to use a trackpad or don’t have one to use.

  • Place the cursor on the scroll bar and continuously tap the Up or Down Arrow Key to move up or down a couple of lines at a time, depending on what size you have set as your default font.
  • Place the cursor on the scroll bar and hold down the Control Key or the Option Key and the Up Arrow Key. The Safari window will move up in increments.
  • Place the cursor on the scroll bar and hold down the Control Key or the Option Key and the Down Arrow Key. The Safari window will move down in increments.
  • Place the cursor on the scroll bar and hold down the Command Key and the Up or Down Arrow Key. The Safari window will move to the top or bottom of the page depending on which arrow you choose.
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    3 Responses to How To Scroll In Safari Using Lion

    1. Fox Mulder says:

      Thanks. Big help with this incredibly annoying “improvement.”

    2. Philip says:

      Hi, i like what i have seen of this site so far. As a new MacBook user i am getting used to the changes from Windows 8 which i don’t like. I have noticed there is no scroll bar on the right of my Safari page and wondered how to get over this. I have found using the up/down key works with some sites, but with a site like Facebook it doesn’t. I have my chat list loaded on the right of the page and as i go over to place my cursor on the slide bar, the contact that i have hovered over to get there pops up covering part of the page i am trying to see. Even when i do use up or down it still stays there.
      I am also getting an iPhone as my Blackberry is not what i had hoped.
      Just put my cursor back to the slide bar and pressed down, nothing happened for a while. Sometimes ‘improvements’ are just not all that

      • macnancy says:

        Hi Philip,

        Welcome to the world of Mac. You didn’t mention which version of the operating system you are using, but with Mountain Lion I always have a scroll bar in Safari. It doesn’t appear unless you have your window open to a length long enough that a scroll bar is needed. I don’t use Facebook, so if you have a problem there I can’t address it. You mentioned that the slide bar does not always appear as quickly as you would like. There are several reasons for your machine to react slowly. You could have too much stuff for the amount of RAM that you have on your machine. I also find that if I run the app “Clean My Mac” on a routine basis, my machine tends to work faster. Clean My Mac gets rid of junk that may accumulate. You are going to love your new iPhone, especially since you have a Mac. They work in harmony with each other and if you use the cloud they work even better. The new iOS for iPhones, iPads, etc. comes out on the 18th. There is a new operating system coming for the Mac as well, Mavericks, but no release date has been announced for that.

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