4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 21, 2009 8:42 PM by Andrew Stiles
Joanna Pease Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Sorry if this has been covered. I searched but didn't see anything.

I was wondering if there was a way to turn gestures off altogether? I'm constantly accidentally changing the size of fonts in Safari, rotating my canvas in Photoshop CS4, etc. I don't want to get rid of gestures permanently but it'd be nice to be able to turn them on and off when using a program like photoshop.


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Intel Core 2 Due, 2 GHz
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (96,830 points)
    HI Joanna,

    Open System Preferences/Keyboard&Mouse/Trackpad and see if the if there is an option to toggle gestures on and off. You should have the multi-touch pad...

    "You can, however, still turn certain gestures on and off, such as single-tap for click and double-finger tap for secondary click." <--- from: <a class="jive-link-external-small" href="http://">http://www.macworld.com/article/136793/bookofmacbook.html

  • Joanna Pease Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    If only it were that simple. There isn't anywhere in system preferences to turn gestures off completely.

    My problem is most prevalent when working in photoshop, which I do a lot. CS4 has a new function that lets you rotate your canvas on the fly to see your work from different 'angles.' It takes advantage of the rotate gestures. Unfortunately, I am constantly, accidentally rotating and it's gotten very frustrating. I also occasionally have a problem in Safari where I accidentally zoom instead of scroll and blow everything up.

    I was hoping there was a plug in, a preference pane or a terminal line i could use to toggle on and off.

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (96,830 points)
    Hi Joanna,

    I've read posts on this topic of late. If you do a search here in the forums, use keywords like:
    gesture, trackpad, scroll... you'll see what I'm talking about. Hopefully Apple will come up with a solution soon. Meantime, you can send feedback to Apple here:

  • Andrew Stiles Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Please Apple & Adobe -- work out a way to turn off trackpad gestures in Photoshop CS4! It is totally frustrating. A simple option to click in the application's preferences would be fantastic.

    I honestly dont know anyone who likes to rotate their canvas like this...