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10.7: Gestures for back/forward in the Finder System 10.7
I missed the 3 finger swipe to go forward and back through the Finder's history after the upgrade to Lion. 3 fingers now move between spaces. I even tried switching that to 4 fingers, but no joy.

However, I deployed the old Mac favourite -- try the Option key -- and swiping returns to the Finder! It has crashed the Finder a few times, but it seems to work.

From now on, it is Option+3 finger swipes for me.

[crarko adds: OK, I can see I'm going to have to pony up for a Magic Trackpad to be able to try out the new gesture family.]
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10.7: Gestures for back/forward in the Finder
Authored by: michelle_eris on Aug 05, '11 07:36:30AM

Many of the gestures with the Magic Trackpad are customizable. Swiping between pages can be configured for two fingers, three fingers, or both.

Swiping between full-screen apps can be with three fingers or two fingers.

There are more options; just check the Trackpad preferences. Many of them have discreet disclosure triangles to the right of the option.



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10.7: Gestures for back/forward in the Finder
Authored by: LimitlessX72 on Aug 05, '11 07:48:53AM

this gesture is restored to normal if you use four finger gestures for moving between spaces.

also applies to other applications like sparrow that use 3 finger gestures for things



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10.7: Gestures for back/forward in the Finder
Authored by: derekJAB on Aug 05, '11 07:51:19AM

Excellent! Works on my MacBook Pro trackpad.



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10.7: Gestures for back/forward in the Finder
Authored by: deemery on Aug 05, '11 07:54:43AM

You can get the same kind of functionality through a Magic Mouse (particularly with MagicPrefs installed.) I'm still very much not convinced by all these gestures on a 'computer' with a full-size keyboard (but that's in part because I'm a pretty competent touch typist.)



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10.7: Gestures for back/forward in the Finder
Authored by: kaltekar on Aug 05, '11 08:33:11AM

Thanks, I've been missing this.

Also it works for back/forawrd navigation in Google Chrome

Also works with the Magic Mouse.



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10.7: Gestures for back/forward in the Finder
Authored by: ktizz on Aug 05, '11 10:23:13AM

Not sure that I am completely comfortable with the changes to the Swipes/gestures in Lion. I quite liked the ones in Snow Leopard.

However the utility BetterTouchTool available from http://blog.boastr.net/ enables you to create many more gestures, making them specific to an application if you wish.

I highly recommend it.



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10.7: Gestures for back/forward in the Finder
Authored by: mikc on Aug 05, '11 03:36:11PM

BetterTouchTool can bring back that gesture and customize any other gestures :)
Just make sure to disable those gestures in your system preferences



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10.7: Gestures for back/forward in the Finder
Authored by: plopp on Aug 05, '11 05:27:12PM

For my setting swipe between pages to three fingers make back/forward work in Finder. And in System Preferences as well...



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10.7: Gestures for back/forward in the Finder
Authored by: Michelasso on Aug 06, '11 03:58:56AM

Is there any way to emulate the multitouch behavior making use of the old MB touchpad + the keyboard?? I can vertically scroll with 2 fingers, zoom in Mission control, I don't understand why we shouldn't be able to swipe pressing an additional couple of keys. Any third part application that allows it?



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10.7: Gestures for back/forward in the Finder
Authored by: cagg on Aug 06, '11 08:18:15AM

Cool! Works in Firefox too. Never even thought of trying this. A very handy hint.



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10.7: Gestures for back/forward in the Finder
Authored by: Octavian on Aug 14, '11 09:12:31PM

Thanks for the tip. Very useful.

Although, I still don't understand why wouldn't Apple make it work without the option key. Yes, there is horizontal scrolling in some types of views or when the Finder window is smaller horizontally than the content. But they could've make it just the way it is in Safari: the swiping through history won't work until you hit the either end of the horizontal scroll. And if you need to go through the history without having to scroll all the way left/right through the content, then you hold the option key.



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