10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 28, 2010 7:23 PM by eww
boydbme Level 1 (0 points)
In both Chrome and Firefox, when I do the 3-finger swipe from right to left to go back a page, the window hides instead.

The 3-finger swipe works the way it is supposed to in other programs including safari.

The trackpad also functions as normal in a fresh user account.

which files do I need to remove in order to fix this issue since it is related to my account?

MacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Kappy Level 10 (266,058 points)
    Take the matter up with tech support for each of those applications. If it works in Safari and other Apple applications, then the problem is within those two applications.

    If it works in a new user account then there's a problem in your normal account. Start be removing all the preference files associated with each application.
  • belovedjs Level 2 (275 points)
    I agree with Kappy about asking Apple tech support- I just tried the 3 finger swipe using Firefox and it worked on my MacBook Pro, to go back and/or forward a page.
  • koldsgaard Level 1 (5 points)

    I have the exact same problem.

    Apple applications works perfect. But all non-Apple applications hides when doing a three-finger left-to-right swipe. Even those who don't support any type of finger swiping.
  • Andrew Wolczyk Level 5 (5,220 points)
    3 fingers dont work at all in Opera.
  • koldsgaard Level 1 (5 points)
    boydbme have you found a solution..?
  • eww Level 9 (52,980 points)
    boydbme: The problem isn't in Firefox or Chrome — three-finger swipe for Back and Forward works fine for me in the latest versions of both apps. Note that I'm running Leopard, not Snow Leopard. Perhaps that makes a difference, but I have no way of testing to find out.

    I get the same result in Opera as Andrew has reported above: three fingers get me nowhere.
  • koldsgaard Level 1 (5 points)
    As boydbme pointed out the 3-finger left swipe works in both Chrome and Firefox in a fresh new user account. So the problem lies somewhere in the touch pad settings for his (and my) user account. And the problem is not associated to one specific application - it's all non-Apple applications.

    And the weird thing is that it hides the window(s) (not just minimize - it's completely gone) and it changes focus to last active application. Even minimized windows of the application disappears from the dock. But when you click on the application in the dock the windows and minimized windows reappear.

    So I will just quote boydbme:
    "Which files do I need to remove in order to fix this issue since it is related to my account?"
  • koldsgaard Level 1 (5 points)
    Solved my problem by installing BetterTouchTool which seem to override the failing settings.
  • boydbme Level 1 (0 points)
    The issue has still not been fixed for me. Better Touch Tool allowed me to remap the 3-finger swipe as the backspace key in both Chrome and Firefox, but ideally I'd like to be able to fix the issue without 3rd party software.

    The gestures still work fine on a fresh account, and removing chrome and firefox (and all of their preference files) and reinstalling them does not change the behavior. this is definitely an account related issue.

    Is there anyone on these boards that knows what account related files I could try removing in order to reset the trackpad behavior?

  • eww Level 9 (52,980 points)
    I would begin by deactivating any third-party login items in your regular account. If the problem then disappears after a restart of the machine, re-activate your login items one at a time, restarting after each one, until you discover which one is the cause of the problem.