Last week I updated my Macbook to OS X Lion, just like many others. There are many changes in the new OS. Most of them will be improvements and I bet that some of them I cannot live without after a while. But other I still have to get used to.
Obviously the reversed scrolling direction on the trackpad was the most prominent and I am still in doubt whether I should reverse it or not but this is easily done and a matter of taste I guess. The second thing I noticed was the the three finger gesture to navigate forward and backward in Google Chrome was not working anymore!
I found this very disappointing because it is one of my most frequently used gestures while I’m on the web. Some research made me find out that the three-finger swipe now was used for switching between full-screen apps and that Safari implemented the two-finger swipe to navigate back and forward. Unfortunately the two-finger swipe doesn’t work in Chrome. Switching to Safari was one solution, but I am quite happy with Chrome nowadays so the search continued.
So here is the actual solution:
- Open the trackpad preferences
- Go to the third tab “More Gestures”
- Change the “Swipe between pages” gesture from “Swipe left to right with two finger” to “Swipe with two or three fingers”
- Et voilà, your super-awesome three finger swipe navigation in Google Chrome is back!
Please note that the gesture for “Swipe between full-screen apps” will change from “Swipe left or right with three fingers” to “Swipe left or right with four fingers”
On a side note, there is an issue in the Chromium issue queue to make Chromium on Mac integrate with the default OS gestures so a future releases of Chrome / Chromium might make this post irrelevant. Till that time, I hope it helps!