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.
- Open Safari
- Do a web search for anything
- Click on a result
- And then click on something within that result
- 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.
- 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.
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?