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4 Finger Trackpad Gestures Not Working

351 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 15, 2013 11:14 AM by SwankPeRFection RSS
adam1232 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 15, 2013 10:01 AM

Recently, I just noticed that my 4 finger trackpad gestures are not working. These gestures include swiping 4 fingers to the left or right to switch pages, and swiping 4 fingers up to get Mission Control. I have not done anything differently and have been using these features a lot lately. Also, I have checked in Settings to make sure the box is checked for these features. How do I fix this? I am running Mountain Lion on an early 2011 13" Macbook Pro.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 10:06 AM (in response to adam1232)

    Go under Point and Click in trackpad settings.  Uncheck 3 finger drag on the main page.  Go under More Gestures and set swipe between pages to 2 fingers and swipe between full screen apps to 3 fingers.  Then test again with 2 and 3 fingers.  See if that works.  If it does, set your full-screen apps to 4 fingers if that's what you want and reenable 3 finger drag on the main page if you want to use that.


    Enabling 3 finger drag has the tendancy to break the other More Options part of the setup.

  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 10:35 AM (in response to adam1232)

    Enabling 3 finger dragging automatically disables your ability to flip screen with the multi-finger drags... for obvious reasons.  I fell for this hidden issue a while ago too, that's how I know about it.  I don't use 3 finger drag to move objects around the screen.  I've left that unchecked but I do use the other gestures to switch pages and screens.

  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 11:14 AM (in response to adam1232)

    Right, if you have 4 finger set on the other one.  But by default it's set to 3 finger and if it's set as that, and you enable 3 finger drag on the main page, there used to be a bug where it wouldn't switch the other to 4 fingers automatically and you'd just lose the swipe altogether until you manually disabled the 3 finger drag and then switched the other around.


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