I have what is (as far as I can remember) a vanilla Ubuntu installation (v.14.10) using the Gnome Desktop (v.3.9.90), yet I can't seem to get reverse scrolling to work.

There's no option for natural scrolling the basic Gnome mouse configuration or in the Gnome tweak tool. But in dconf there is an option under:

org/gnome/settings-daemon/periferals/touchpad[natural-scroll]: 'checked'

But this has no effect for me. I've tried several techniques including the ones suggested in the attached issues, with no luck.

How to enable natural scroll on two-finger scroll with command while normal scrolling for edge scrolling in Ubuntu 13.10?

Natural scrolling with mouse on Ubuntu 14.04

  • I had the same issue in a "normal" Ubuntu installation after moving from Unity to Gnome. Natural Scrolling is now working in Gnome thanks to this solution
    – bastienho
    Sep 20, 2017 at 12:57
  • You can consider my answer on U&L - is it suitable to be posted here? No need for any uninstalling there. This U&L Q/A could also be relevant.
    – Cadoiz
    Jun 24, 2022 at 12:55

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As stated in the solution linked in the comment, uninstall xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

sudo purge xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

then log out and back in.

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