How do you scroll horizontally in Lion's Safari?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by brilliantthings, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    If two fingers up and down scroll vertically, and two fingers left and right go Back and Forward, how do you scroll horizontally in Lion's Safari?
  2. macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2005
    Sweden - Halmstad
    If you have a page that require horisontal scrollbars the 2 finger "swipe" will become horisontal scrolling, when it reaches the end of the horisontal scroll it will flip the page.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    Have a similar question about gestures. Is the two finger swipe back and forth now the equivalent of the 3 finger swipe for back and forward in safari?

    Can you get this to work on other browsers like firefox and chrome in lion?

    It just seems like lion is using up all available gestures and I currently have every gesture on my computer basically already set up for something important (I use 3 finger swipes up and down to switch tabs in firefox. It works really nicely)
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2003
    Brisbane, Australia
    Yes. Or just one finger swipe if you use the magic mouse.
  6. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Very simple, very ingenious! And no learning curve: whether scrolling or history-paging, you’re still simply “moving” the page with your hand in a clearly-visible way. Nice.
  7. macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I'd like to see a Lion System Prefs or Safari Prefs checkbox/dropdown to choose between back/forward in history, and tab switching. If I have a Safari window open with 10 tabs, I would rather use a horizontal swipe to get from tab to tab. A gesture for closing the current tab would be nice too.

    For me, I open multiple tabs from a page rather than navigating back and forward to avoid reload time. For ex. In the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion forum, I choose the threads I wish to read and open each in a new tab. Then I read each thread and close the tab as I finish. If I am looking for something on eBay, I might open a search, and then select items from that search to read the descriptions on and see pictures in individual tabs. Swiping to get from listing to listing would be great. I honestly hardly ever use forward and back.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    - BetterTouchTool will do that for you.
  9. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2009
    Why doesn't Apple use 4 fingers for Space switching, 3 fingers for back/forward and 2 fingers for scrolling?

    What's the point of making 3 and 4 finger gestures redundant?

    Maybe in Safari, 3 fingers could be used for switching tabs and 2 fingers for history navigation and scrolling like now, wouldn't that be smarter?
  10. macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2010
    in most pages it works as most pages don't have scrollable divs inside them, but with pages like the new youtube interface the cosmic panda, if you have a playlist and you want to scroll through them, you can't scroll left because it will go straight to history back and that annoys the hell out of me. Why can't they make it so history back is different from 2 finger content scrolling!! :mad:
  11. macrumors 6502

    Apr 4, 2007
    You can choose to have it that way in System Preferences, at least you could in DP1, not sure if it's still available.
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2011
    This is the way I have it set up now. Having two finger swipe for horizontal scrolling and for back/forward is just annoying.

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