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Disable swipe gesture to go back and forward in Chrome Apps
A Stack Exchange user asked a question a while back: is it possible to turn off the swipe gesture in Chrome that goes back or forward a page? If you're not familiar with this gesture - which works in most browsers on OS X - you use a two-finger swipe to the right to go back to the previous page you've viewed, and a swipe in the opposite direction to go forward again. But this use found it got in the way.

Fortunately, another user found a Terminal command that turns this feature off. Run this in Terminal, then relaunch Chrome for it to take effect:
defaults write com.google.Chrome.plist AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool FALSE
If you wish to reactivate it, run this command:
defaults write com.google.Chrome.plist AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool TRUE
Apparently you can issue this command for other apps, replacing the com.google.Chrome.plist with the appropriate file name. I've only tested this with Chrome, but if you feel like testing with other apps, post in the comments to say which ones work and which don't.
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Disable swipe gesture to go back and forward in Chrome
Authored by: Macdaily on May 14, '13 07:39:45AM

Why in the world would you want to turn this off? I live and die by this every day no matter the browser.

This has been something I have been using even when on the Windoz machines with Firefox and Chrome plugins to use the mouse instead.

If this was gotten rid of I would cry, seriously, well not that seriously but you know what I meant.



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Disable swipe gesture to go back and forward in Chrome
Authored by: c8h10n4o2 on May 15, '13 09:21:18AM
Why wouldn't you want to turn this off? The point is that this is a hint that some people may find useful. If you like the feature, keep it active. Personally, I don't like the behavior and find this hint useful.

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Disable swipe gesture to go back and forward in Chrome
Authored by: magnamous on May 19, '13 01:11:30AM

It drives me nuts, personally.



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Disable swipe gesture to go back and forward in Chrome
Authored by: SpectreGadget on May 15, '13 02:58:33AM

Because the OS X three-finger swipe gesture already works with all browsers, and the Chrome-specific gesture is very annoying and different.



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Disable swipe gesture to go back and forward in Chrome
Authored by: tangles on May 29, '13 08:19:05PM
I use Chromium instead of Chrome for BMC Remedy for compatibility, and Safari for most other things. I too, find Chromium/Chrome's settings too sensitive and when it happens while filling in a form, it can be very very annoying.

Therefore:
defaults write org.chromium.Chromium.plist  AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool FALSE

will disable for Chromium.

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Disable swipe gesture to go back and forward in Chrome
Authored by: OsamaBinLogin on Jan 03, '14 11:10:55AM

anger drove me to google to find this hint, and it's great. The sideswipe to go Back has wasted so much of my time.

The present example: we have an internal page (=crude) on our site. It's all 'web 2.0' and you open these hierarchical lines and stuff. But it doesn't remember what you opened. It takes me about 18 clicks to get to where I can see what I need.

And part of it is a chart that's about 4 screens wide, so I sideswipe to see it all. But if I sideswipe to get back to the left side, and I sideswipe a BIT too far, it goes Back to the last page and it's all lost. All I can do is Forward, then go through my 18 clicks again.



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