Three finger pinches - only work as four finger pinch?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by ndpitch, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. ndpitch macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2010
    Remember how in Lion, you had to 4 finger pinch in or out to go to the desktop? Well in Mountain Lion, by default this was changed to 3 finger pinches. The only problem is that, on my mountain lion install, only a 4 finger pinch works for the functionality. The trackpad preferences are clearly set to 3 finger pinches. It's as if I was still running lion? I'm at a loss. Rebooting didn't fix the issue. Any ideas?
  2. boba7523 macrumors regular

    May 14, 2011
    Same... 3 finger or 4 finger both work for launchpad (pinch in) and show desktop (pinch out). Kinda annoying because every time i want to swipe between spaces (4 finger left/right), it launches launchpad instead because the angle of my fingers make it look like i'm pinching instead of swiping.....
  3. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    By "three finger" you literally mean three fingers and your thumb, correct?
  4. ~robbert macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2012
    If you enable things like three finger drag, your three finger swipes automatically turn into four four finger swipe.
  5. rheb1026 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2011
    Someone told me this after I had a similar problem: try using all five fingers on the trackpad and spreading them out to show desktop (or in for launchpad) for the four finger gestures. It's worked flawlessly for me
  6. ndpitch thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2010
    That does seem to work.

    It's weird. Because in the settings, it clearly shows the gesture as taking your thumb, index, and middle finger, and pinching. But that clearly does not work. It's either 4 fingers or 5 fingers.

Share This Page