How to Disable Swipe Navigation Gestures in Google Chrome for Mac

May 9, 2015 - 21 Comments

Chrome Many Mac apps support a two-finger swipe to go back / forward gesture, but not all users wish to use the scrolling gesture. For those who use Google Chrome, you may find that if you have disabled the system-wide “Swipe between pages” feature, you’ll still have the swipe navigation available in the Chrome app. This is because the swipe navigation feature is built into Chrome which lets the feature be separate from the scrolling gesture at the OS X level.

In any event, if you want to disable two-finger swipe forward and swipe backward navigation gestures in the Google Chrome browser on a Mac, you can use a defaults command string to do so.

Open the Terminal and enter the following command string:

defaults write com.google.Chrome.plist AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool FALSE

You will not need to restart Chrome for the change to take effect, it should be immediate either way. You can confirm this by using a two-finger swipe gesture and it should no longer navigate back or forth in the browsing history of an active window or tab.

If you wish to turn this back on, simply enter the following defaults command string, the only difference being that “FALSE” has been changed to “TRUE”:

defaults write com.google.Chrome.plist AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool TRUE

For most users, these swipe gestures are generally good to leave enabled, particularly since they’re the same in many iOS apps and many other Mac apps too, making it a somewhat universal back / forth navigation function that is applicable to both OS X and iOS devices.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Toto says:

    The domain part of the command should be “com.google.Chrome” without “.plist” at the end or it won’t work.

  2. Sebastian says:

    Perfect, thank you a lot!

    This two-finger swipe forward and swipe backward navigation gestures in Chrome drove me crazy.

    Now i use Better Touch Tool for changing the tabs with the same gesture.! Works Great!!

  3. hyxer says:

    not working on el capitan public beta. maybe they changed something in elcapitan

  4. hyxer says:

    *Update* : it works on el capitan, but i need to restart chrome

  5. Dan says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! This was driving me absolutely crazy! Oh, joyous day!

  6. Dan says:

    Not working on Yosemite. Any ways to change this?

  7. Amr says:

    Not working for me. I’m on 10.11.3 (El Cap), Chrome 49.0.2623.87. :(

  8. Sue Crawford says:

    Oh for gods sake is there no way to do this without the terminal???

    • bekep says:

      Terminal.app is an application in your /Applications/Utilities/ folder, use Spotlight if you can’t find something on the Mac.

      You’re WELCOME, I know I am HELPFUL to you. Now ask yourself Sue, do YOU want to help someone who is rude and cussing at everyone? Probably not, so remember the Golden Rule.

      • Steph says:

        I am a Mac newbie and didn’t know where the terminal was either, thanks for this! The swiping was also driving me nuts.

  9. andrew says:

    Worked on El Capitan, thanks!

  10. Tim says:

    What a help this is! I had to take off .plist as @Toto said, but it worked like a charm.

  11. Treavor says:

    So useful! Many thanks…i had to take of .plist per @Toto AND restart

  12. Molly says:

    Lifesaver! I had to remove .plist as well, but then it worked like a charm. Such a relief!

  13. Nick says:

    For Sue and others who don’t want to use the terminal, try this if you’re on a Mac:

    System Preferences > Trackpad > More Gestures > Under “Swipe between pages” just uncheck that box.

    Hope it works for you like it did for me.

  14. Giles says:

    Great tip thanks. Still works in Sierra, just remove the .plist and restart and you’re good to go.

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