Multi Touch Gesture for Safari

Safari Multi Touch Gesture

I just wanted to share my favorite multi touch gesture for Safari.


It is so useful that I just might, maybe, switch from my old standby – Firefox for Mac.

The new Mac OS X Lion operating system brought loads of multi touch gestures to the Mac.

So many, in fact, that I had to run out and get an Apple Magic Trackpad to use with my iMac because I didn’t want to miss out.

The problem is that there are so many new gestures, that it is hard to remember them all. And the one that I should have focused on much sooner – is the one that I just recently noticed.

It is the two finger swipe in Safari.

If you haven’t tried it – do this right now.

  1. Open Safari
  2. Do a web search for anything
  3. Click on a result
  4. And then click on something within that result
  5. Now, instead of pressing the back button in your Safari toolbar, use a two finger swipe to the right on your trackpad or a one finger swipe to the right on your Magic Mouse. To go forward swipe to the left.
  6. This gesture lets you swipe through your browser history like you would flip through a book.

I have found this to be extremely useful when browsing the internet. And I have found myself wishing that Firefox had this feature too.

The same gesture also works with documents in Preview but only in full screen mode – which is also useful. But I don’t use full screen mode as much as I probably should.

Your Favorites?

Now that Mac OS X Lion has been around awhile (and OS X Mountain Lion is just peeking around the corner) what are your thoughts on mult-touch gestures?

Which ones do you use the most?


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