How To Scroll Horizontally (Left and Right) in Mac OS

This is something new to me, and something that I know doesn’t work in Windows XP.

I was programming on my Macbook, when all the long, horizontal lines of code started bugging me. I had to click on the horizontal scrollbar and move the focus left and right, and I thought to myself, “Isn’t there a better way to do this? Let’s just see how smart the Apple developers are.”

mac os horizontal scroll bar

My first thought was that I should have gotten a mouse that had a 360-degree scroll wheel/ball or at least one that allowed me to scroll horizontally as well as vertically. Then I thought about how scrolling horizontally is just a different way of scrolling – and I wondered if the various modifier keys would affect that.

So I tried with the different modifier keys, and to my surprise, the Shift key actually did work the way I had hoped! If you hold down the Shift key and scroll, you’ll be scrolling horizontally instead of vertically. Now that’s cool.

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Alvin Poh lives in Singapore, and is interested in marketing, techy stuff, and likes to just figure out how the two can work with each other. He can also be found on Google+.

3 comments On How To Scroll Horizontally (Left and Right) in Mac OS

  • hate to break it to ya but you can do horizontal scrolling (and vertical) scrolling on pretty much any laptop now…and on a mac OR pc all you have to do is move two fingers left or right to scroll horizontally…

  • Ha…yeah on a trackpad, but not if you have a mouse

  • I do recall on Win XP you can hold down the middle button on a mouse to scroll left/right/up/down. Can’t seem to replicate the same with a MAC… 🙁 Is there some config I’m missing?

    Thanks for the tip anyway!

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