Trackpad changes - double tap to move and swipe to go back/forward

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Stardotboy, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Stardotboy macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    I've been grappling with some of the changes to gestures in Lion and haven't been able to find an answer to this despite my best efforts.

    In Snow Leopard I would configure my MacBook so that it did the following:
    1. Tap to click (as I find it really awkward to press the trackpad)
    2. Double tap and hold would move things around - for example it would move windows, icons on the dock, files etc.
    3. Three finger swipe left/right would go back/forward in a browser, finder etc.

    Now in Lion, the first thing I noticed is the change to double tap and hold, which no longer does anything I mentioned above. But there's an option for 3 finger drag which replaces all of that, which is fine.

    However by enabling 3 finger drag it seems there is then no way of having any gesture for going backwards/forwards in a browser and the finder.

    Has anyone else experienced this and has any idea of how to map gestures for all these things without reverting to having to press the trackpad to drag things around?
  2. nick123222 macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2009
    Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
    Double tab and drag still works for me the same way as in Snow Leopard, but there is no option to disable it. I upgraded without doing a clean install.
  3. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    It's still there u just do it with 2 fingers and now in the direction of the page because 3 fingers is now for swiping between desktops
  4. jck1634 macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2009
    To do the tap and drag with one finger you’ll find the option under Universal Access in System preferences. Click on the Mouse and Trackpad tab and then on the Trackpad Options button. Put a check next to Dragging and you can also choose with our without drag lock

    Screen Shot 2011-07-21 at 2.20.24 PM.png

    As for the three finger swipe, Under Trackpad in System Preference, click on the More Gestures tab and choose either Swipe with three fingers or Swipe with two or three fingers.

    Screen Shot 2011-07-21 at 2.21.02 PM.png

    You would have to change full screen apps and Mission Control to Swipe with Four Fingers and I personally prefer using two and three fingers to swipe. It keeps the traditional swipe you’re used to from SL but also lets you try out the cool two finger scrolling in safari.

    Hope that helps
  5. Stardotboy thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 30, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    Thank you - that's incredibly helpful and just what I needed to know :) Would have never thought to look under Universal Access!
  6. sflomenb macrumors 6502a


    Jul 22, 2011
    Thank you so much, jck1634! That helped me as well.
  7. Manchester macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2010
    Great post, as I also couldn't find the option for going back / forward within a browser :apple:

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