Help with Better Touch Tool

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by bobright, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I just got a iMac and downloaded the app wanted to do some custom gestures. It is killing me though even after seeing it's help section. I know how to select my "Trackpad" and choose what I want to do e.g three-finger swipe down. The thing is when selecting the Predefined action I want to select "Refresh" for Chrome but I don't see it?!? Is refresh labeled something else?

    I even tried doing Global as well as using the "+" to add Chrome and still can't find it
  2. cerote macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2009
    For me in order to make a refresh I ended up having to write an script for it then setup BetterTouchTools (BTT) to run the script with a gesture. Not sure where I have the script now because I haven't used it in a while.
  3. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Hmm wow that sucks guess I'm sol then definitely don't know how to do that. Is the script hard to do?

    I don't know why there isn't a preset to choose it. Im on my iPad now, but as I think about it don't even remember seeing a minimize window either. :(
  4. cerote macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2009
    I mainly got my script to work using AppleScript and then used google to find a script on how to refresh chrome with applescript. So google did the most part. I wrote it to work on different browsers but chrome I beleive was a little bit of pain to have it work on a single tab while other browsers had no problem with single tabs.

    If I remember I will look it up when I get home. I posted the script on a staff section of a site I help mod so I should still find it there hopefully.
  5. PR. macrumors member


    Oct 3, 2005
    Bedford, UK
    I just added Chrome as a specific app (on the left) and then added my gesture and used the keystroke of Cmd+R which does a refresh
  6. cerote, Dec 18, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2012

    cerote macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2009
    Found it. Looks like I never fully got it working in chrome lol. Here is the script that worked for Safari last year.

    tell application "Safari"
    	tell window 1
    		set current tab to (make new tab with properties {URL:""})
    	end tell
    end tell
    Change the site to whatever you would like to check.

    Here was my post on the chrome issue.
    These scripts were tested in Feb of 2011 so not sure how much has been changed to block it.


    What PR said should work a lot easier; more so if using for random sites and not specific exact site all the time. I made the script because other staff members wanted to just use a gesture to open "new posts" search with a single gesture. Like I had it set to open safari to that address for new posts from anywhere with tapping 4 fingers.
  7. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Nice thanks so much guys!!

    BTW what do you guys think is a good gesture for "Refresh"? I tried the rotate to right but its too hard to do have to twist my fingers in a weird way. LOL
  8. PR. macrumors member


    Oct 3, 2005
    Bedford, UK
    I have:

    3 finger click = refresh
    4 finger click = new tab
    5 finger click = close tab
    TipTap Right = open link in new tab
  9. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    BTT is the sharpest knife in the drawer. Amazing what it can do.
  10. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Nice, the three finger click sounds natural as Refresh going to try that one. I have four finger click to quit an app. And four finger swipe down to minimize a window a la iPad somewhat :D
  11. cerote macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2009
    I use three finger click as middle click to open links on pages in their own tab.


    Very true.
  12. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Do you know if they have a Two-finger click as I cant find it?

    I had another question about BetterTouchTool. I set it in Login Apps to start with my unit when I log in but sometimes it doesn't boot up....any idea why this happens? I want it to start with my iMac everytime I turn it on from a Shut Down hate having to open the app all the time.
  13. bogoss macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2011
    BTT is very handy, but I found the latest versions really insensitive with tiptap, I can hardly trigger it no matter what I try... nevertheless it's one of those nicest little things that makes Mac fun and easy to use, thanks to magic mouse too of course. :)
  14. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Is it just me or is there not a 2-finger click option?

    this is killing me grrr
  15. bogoss macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2011
    there is 2-finger click, see attached, I am still using an old version because of the tiptop issue, AFAIK the new version has more options even.

    Attached Files:

  16. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    This is now the “Post your BTT configuration” thread.

    Symbol guide (for copy-paste/reference):
    ⌘ = Command (the “Apple key”)
    ⌥ = Option (“alt”)
    ⇧ = Shift
    ^ = Control
    ⇥ = Tab
    ↑↓→← = Arrow Keys

    On my current machine, which I use a keyboard and mouse with, I have:

    ⌘^1 Resize window to top-left quarter
    ⌘^2 Resize window to top-right quarter
    ⌘^3 Resize window to bottom-left quarter
    ⌘^4 Resize window to bottom-right quarter
    ⌘^5 Center window
    ⌘^← Maximize window left
    ⌘^→ Maximize window right
    ⌘^↑ Maximize window
    ⌘^↓ Restore window size
    ⌘^B Show BTT Prefs

    For my previous machine, with a multitouch pad, I had a whole bunch of trackpad gestures as well. The ones I used most were to cycle through tabs in a window, windows in an app, and apps that are running:

    2-finger gestures
    TipSwipe left finger up: ⌘0 (view “actual size” in Preview)
    TipSwipe left finger down: ⌘9 (fit to window in Preview)

    3-finger gestures
    3F click: Middle click
    3F swipe right: ⌘` (“next window” in current app)
    3F swipe left: ⌘⇧` (“previous window”)
    3F swipe up: “Page Up”
    3F swipe down: “Page Down”
    3F double-tap: ⌘⇧M (activate DejaMenu)
    2F tiptap left: ⌘[ (browser “back”)
    2F tiptap right: ⌘] (browser “forward”)

    4-finger gestures
    4F click: Mute/Unmute
    4F swipe up: “Home” (jump to top of document/webpage)
    4F swipe down: “End” (jump to bottom of document/webpage)
    4F swipe left: ⌘⇥ (switch to most recent previous app)
    4F swipe right: ⌘⇧⇥ (cycle through open apps—technically, “switch to least recent app”)
    Tap 1-2-3-4: ⌘⇧] (next tab in current window)
    Tap 4-3-2-1: ⌘⇧[ (previous tab in current window)
    Tap 1-4-3-2: Multiple, so a menu appears with “Open Finder”, “Logout”, “Sleep Display”, “Eject”, “Show / Hide Files in Finder”, and “Show BTT Preferences”.

    I also had a couple for Mission Control and Show Desktop. I think they were 1-2-3-4 and 4-3-2-1 while holding Option.
  17. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    It is strange see here I don't have one:confused::(

    There isnt even a Two-Finger tap but that is a default gesture from Apple for Middleclick.

    Attached Files:

  18. e271 macrumors newbie

    Dec 20, 2012
    In BTT, have you set Prefs>Basic Settings>Launch BetterTouchTool on startup?

    Let me know if this works for you. I have this set and each time I log in there is a BTT process running but sometimes BTT doesn't recognize gestures until I restart it.

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