Using the Trackpad to Cycle Tabs

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by badman89, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. badman89 macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2011

    I was wondering if there is any way to use the following two functions on the trackpad instead of the keyboard:

    ctrl + tab
    command + `

    I use those two functions a lot when I'm browsing the internet (I use chrome or firefox). The first function (ctrl + tab) is for cycling tabs in a single browser window. The second function (command + `) is for cycling windows in the browser.

    I'm wondering if there is any way the trackpad can replace these functions. You know the way the trackpad can replace the alt + tab function using the four-finger swipe? I'm looking for something like that. Possibly a third-party app.

    I am using OSX 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard)

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I use BetterTouchTool and a rotating (left and right) gesture to cycle through the tabs.
  3. badman89 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2011
    Thank you. That looks like what I need.

    Can you please tell me how to configure it to cycle tabs? Cycling tabs is not one of the "predefined actions" in the list.

    Also, what happens if I set a gesture that conflicts with the default gestures (like expose, etc.). Do the gestures of bettertouchtool override the defaults?
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You have to use the keyboard shortcut.
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    They conflict, as far as I know. I just disabled the gestured Mac OS X gave me and replaced them with better ones (that suit me) via BTT.

    Here are my BTT gestures, which you can extract and then import into BTT via the IMPORT button you see on the left side of the BTT preferences.
    DOWNLOAD LINK for simsaladimbamba's BTT trackpad gestures.
  5. badman89, Jan 21, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012

    badman89 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2011
    This is great! Thank you so much for introducing me to this wonderful app. I've configured the tip-tap left / right to cycle tabs left / right in chrome and firefox. That's worked out really well for me. However, I'm still having problems configuring certain gestures like three fingered swipe (I think it's still conflicting with the original trackpad gestures for some reason). I'm unable to configure three fingered swipe left / right to do anything at all! Dunno what to do there.

    EDIT: Also, what does it mean to "snap" a window?
  6. coops macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2009
    Been using BTT with Safari and Opera for a long time to switch tabs, open new tabs, close tabs, close window, open link in new tab etc etc....

    check this link for the Safari setup at least

    I've used 3finger swipe up/down for switching tabs...
  7. WstCstCmtr macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2008
    West Coast
    If you are using firefox then you need to forget about tab and `.

    command + number (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) is the bomb.

    command + 9 is the highest tab.

    It's the sole reason why I don't use safari.
  8. GoPedro macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2014
    simple option

    just pinch your fingers in from corners, the use 2 fingers left or right to pick tab, then pinch out :D
  9. JohnnyGo macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2009
    I use command + number (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) as a shortcut for my Favorite Bar bookmarks in Safari.:)

    Pinch in from the corners and you can select any tab from the trackpad as mentioned by the previous post.

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