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macrumors member
Original poster
Jan 11, 2006
I just got the new MacBook (love it!), and the new finger gestures are pretty cool. Expose works really well, but I'm not too fond about the four finger left/right gestures. I have spaces set up, and I'd rather use the four finger gestures for left and right swipes to switch between spaces. I can't find a way to do this in the system prefs - is there some type of work-around to getting this to work?


macrumors newbie
Oct 18, 2008
Interested in the same question. Seems a waste to have both left and right go to the APPLE/TAB app switcher. I'd like it to cycle through tabs in Safari, bring up the dashboard, etc.

Anyone know of a way to change this?


macrumors 6502a
Oct 29, 2007
The four-finger gestures are currently hard coded.

Maybe in 10.5.6? Maybe 10.6?


macrumors newbie
Dec 23, 2008
Swiping between spaces

Hi guys

I just found this thread through a Google search. It didn't provide a solution, but another site did. As a service to other users who may land here, I'd like to share the solution:

  1. Download BetterTouchTool
  2. In System Preferences > Trackpad: Set a keyboard shortcut for switching spaces (ie. ^ + [arrow key])
  3. Configure BTT to translate certain swipes to those keyboard shortcuts (ie. four finger swipe left = ^ + [left arrow], four finger swipe right = ^ + [right arrow] and so forth)

This is the site, where I found the solution:
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