The release of macOS Ventura is likely less than two weeks away and it will bring a slew of new features to gussy up your old Mac: Stage Manager, enhanced Spotlight search, Messages editing, and Continuity Camera, just to name a few. But the one feature I need to improve my macOS experience won’t be there.
It’s a simple one that’s been on the iPhone for years. When you’re scrolling a website, feed, or app, you can tap the top of the screen near the notch or Dynamic Island to jump to the top of whatever screen you’re on. It’s an incredibly useful shortcut that I use numerous times a day in every app—so much so that I often double-click the title bar on windows on my Mac to do the same thing.
Obviously it doesn’t work—but I still instinctively do it at least once a day. And I doubt I’m the only one. If you’re an iPhone user, you’re trained to tap the top of the screen to jump to the top of a page. That’s the same as double-clicking a title bar on macOS. But instead of that expected behavior, you’ll either “zoom” the window or minimize it, two things I don’t do very often. You can customize what double-clicking does in the Dock & Menu Bar settings, but you can only choose one of those options.
In macOS Ventura, there’s a third option: Do nothing. But the option I want is an option to scroll to the beginning of the page. Yes, I know there’s a keyboard shortcut (fn + left arrow) but I want to be able to keep my hands on a trackpad or mouse and quickly jump to the top of the screen. Alas, that’s still not an option in Ventura.
Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology goes back to his first PC—the IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard for swapping out the drive. He's still waiting for that to come back in style tbh.