Three-Finger Swipe Gestures - Differences...

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by roblawton, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. roblawton macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2007
    Preston, UK
    Bit of an odd problem with my three finger gestures which only seems to effect I think.

    In all other apps, the three-fingers do what they're meant to:
    • Page back/forward in Safari
    • Page back/forward in Finder
    That kinda thing. However, it differs depending on if I'm using my MacBook Air (built-in TrackPad) or if I'm using my iMac (Magic TrackPad) - Both running Lion DP4.

    On my Air, three-finger swipes in will -
    • Swipe Up/Down - Cycle through Timeline, Mentions, Messages, etc...
    • Swipe Left/Right - Drill into threads, view hashtags, visit links
    BUT, on my iMac, the same gestures for Left/Right work but Up/Down do nothing!

    My settings are the same in both...

    MacBook Air


    Anyone else experiencing this? Any ideas?
  2. Loptimist macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2010
    You're lucky.

    I used to use vertical three finger scrolling on Air but then DP4 destroyed it.

    It might be a better idea to stop playing with it; it can destroy vertical gestures on yours too :p
  3. Constantine1337 macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Same thing here... gestures on my MagicTrackpad are different than on my MBP. I hope it gets fixed.
  4. roblawton thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2007
    Preston, UK
    Here's where the fun starts. I now have Lion GM on both devices and the problem is on both!

    No matter what I try, I can no longer three-finger swipe up and down.

    I hope this is a bug in I'll see if I can feedback somewhere.
  5. Dcr2k macrumors newbie

    Apr 18, 2011
    same here

    3 finger swipe down (pause) also not working here when not used as a mission control or spaces switch gesture. Therefore tab overview in chrome, switching in twitter, & any other app supporting such gesture is not responsive.

    One time I restarted my computer & it randomly started working again. There's a bug for you.
  6. buthidae macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    Phew, glad it's not just me! I had this happen on my 2011 MBP after going 10.6.8 -> GM. No three finger gestures in apps that should support it after changing Mission Control to four fingers. :(

    Hopefully it's a bug and gets fixed soon! :)
  7. pyn macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2005
    Yep. It's very annoying. Mail and Reader both used this gesture as next/previous. Now I had to assign it to swipe left and right, which is very unintuitive as the articles are up/down, not left/right...
  8. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    I want to free up either 3 finger swipe or 4 finger swipe to use jiTouch to swap between tabs.

    With either of these options enabled in the touchpad settings, I can't get either of the gestures to work, both 3 finger and 4 finger swipes swap between full screen windows.

  9. breon macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2011
    Yup. It appears that the latest version of Lion GM has completely hijacked three-finger swipe, even if you disable it in the System Preferences. I used to use it for back/forward in Chrome as well as three finger swipe down to show the tab overview in Chrome. (if you didn't know about that last one, go to about:flags in chrome :)
  10. axu539 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2010
    For those with issues with multitouch gestures, try toggling them off and on. None of my multitouch gestures (2, 3, 4 finger) were working at all when I installed the GM. I disabled everything in the trackpad settings, then re-enabled them all. They magically started working.
  11. leninheredia macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2011
    Same here

    I also have experienced these problems, especially on twitter and it's so annoying when i can't swipe up/down to go between timelime, mentions, profile, etc... al least swipe left/right is working. Hope this gets fixed when official version is released :mad:
  12. c:v macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2010
    Something I just realised:

    With 2 finger swipe left/right in Safari, I get a an animation/preview of the old page so you can actually drag the page from left (back) to right (forward) with seeing BOTH pages at the same time for a moment (depending where your scrolling is).

    With 3 finger swipe left/right, you completely lose that animation/feature and Safari reverts back to the normal back/forward option.

    The 3 finger swipe also turns off spaces/desktop switching. Anyone else notice this?

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