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Three finger swipe - Finder flakiness

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by technopimp, Jul 30, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Right now I have 3 different machines with Lion on them, and this is happeneing on all 3.

    I have 3 finger swipe to navigate enabled. It works fine in everything except Finder. Well, that is to say, it EVENTUALLY works in Finder. If I open a new Finder window, double-click on a folder and then try to swipe back, nothing happens. I try it again, nothing happens. I let it sit for a minute or two, and try again. Then it works. If I close that Finder window and open a new one, same thing happens. It'll also randomly stop working within the same Finder window.

    I do not have the issue in any other apps.

    Anyone else seeing this? Kind of annoying but haven't been able to find a fix as of yet.
  2. macrumors 68000


    I just checked and I don't have that problem. I don't know why it's happening to you across three different platforms.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    I have the same problem. It usually works after I try to do a random scroll
  4. macrumors 68000


    Whew I thought I was the only one. It's not just Finder for me, either. It happens intermittently all over the place. I can go into system preferences, click trackpad, and have it set. I three finger swipe left, which should take me back to the main sysprefs page, and nothing happens. I gave up on trying to make it work and just set the gesture in BTT, except the problem is that it seems to happen with that route as well. Super annoying.

    EDIT: Yeah, the only fix appears to be to try and scroll inside the Finder window, after that it works. I'm going to file a bug report.
  5. macrumors regular

    Just uninstall BetterTouchTool ;)
  6. macrumors 6502a

    N/M, misread your post.
  7. macrumors 68000


    It has nothing to do with BTT. I can disable/remove it and it still happens. In any case, BTT just reads the "three finger swipe" gesture from the system anyway, which is what's broken.
  8. macrumors regular

    Did the trick for me. I try reinstalling BTT once the problem was fixed, but it came back. If you only disable BTT in system pref, it won't work. You have to uninstall it (I did it with AppZaper to remove all the extra files). I can't be sure this will work for you, but it did for me. BTT is causing a lot of problems for some users in Lion. I asked BTT developer about my problem and he wasnt able to confirm BTT was causing my problem but he wasn't able to confirm the opposite either.
  9. macrumors regular

    This is what's working for me...

    Touchpad sys pref set to 4 finger swipe left/right = app switch, 4 finger swipe up = mission control, 4 finger swipe down = exposé; BTT installed, set for safari 3 finger tap = new tab, 3 finger swipe up/down = change tabs.

    The default Lion gesture settings were too confusing, imho. These settings have saved me a lot of finger/brain cramps. Won't fix the potential bug, but hope it helps...
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Just for the record, I do not now, nor have I ever had Better Touch Tool installed and I have this issue.
  11. macrumors 68000


    I don't see what this has to do with the issue being discussed.

    Either way, since OP mentioned he has never used BTT, and I can echo that removing it makes no difference, we can infer that this is indeed a Lion bug, not a third party bug. I recommend that anyone ITT having the same issue submit a bug report to Apple.
  12. macrumors regular

    Sorry... my point was the issue can be avoided with the settings I listed. Again, it's not a fix, but a workaround. ymmv...
  13. macrumors 6502a

    I don't have Better Touch Tool, so I'm afraid that's not even an option for me. I am filing a bug report with Apple.

    For those others that have this issue, just out of curiousity, do you have DropBox installed (Not Apple's "drop box" but the actual "Dropbox" service/application). On all the machines I've had this issue, I have it installed and I'm trying to remember if I had it before I pulled down my files. No idea why that would matter, but just trying to find a pattern.
  14. macrumors 68030


    Same problem, I don't have anything like Better Touch Tool installed. Most of the time, 3 fingers in Finder works fine. From time to time, it won't. I do have Dropbox installed and it runs fine.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Yeah, I have dropbox as well.

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