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mqpower
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Status: Delivered

Add mousepad gestures into firefox to two finger swipe left to go "back: or right to go "forward".

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Santos
Strollin' around

This thing is working now after the update to version 105. Yay🥳🥳

Status changed to: Delivered
Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

Great job all around! This idea has now been delivered—the feature is available on Windows in Firefox 105. Linus is up next in Firefox 106.

wyvorn
Strollin' around

This is about "mousepad" gestures. What about "mouse" gestures (hold RMB and move the mouse? I submitted a suggestion about that but it got merged with this one.

I will greatly appreciate if you consider adding mouse gestures. I am so used to them from Opera that it is the only reason I can't switch to FF yet. 

Jon
Community Manager
Community Manager

Thanks for the heads up, @wyvorn. Your post is now a separate idea and can be found here:

Native mouse gestures on desktop 

fgriffith
Employee
Employee

Quick update on the latest updates for the  Swipe2Nav feature: We just landed a new animation style and color scheme on Nightly that is currently  in x111.  Power users can adjust the Swipe end position by customizing

browser.swipe.navigation-icon-end-position

in the about:config settings. The feature now meets UX Design requirements to harmonize the look and feel across platforms

Saarsk
Strollin' around

This is a good feature. I'm on Fedora (KDE Plasma) and I miss this feature in Brave (which I use because FireFox is missing some features still).

However, although the FireFox gesture is great, it's too sentitive. There should be a threshold angle as well as axial proportion awareness (angle threshold would possibly be enough depending on the ability to interpret an average swipe direction instead of being triggered by inaccurate and fluctuating swipe angles).

Currently, you need to be careful to scroll very vertically for it not to trigger the sideways gesture, which doesn't make sense considering it's clearly being swiped vertically. To visualize it, even swiping a shape which looks like the backslash ( \ ) should still be interpreted as scrolling, Personally, I'd say something closer to 45 degrees would be sensible. 🙂

It also seems to cancel the scrolling gesture if it misinterprets the user's intention, which gets annoying not to mention risky (as it can cancel an important form-session or any other live sessions where work or connection gets lost as a result.

The visual feedback is already great, so it only needs some fine-tuning and it's a bulletproof feature. I didn't have any luck adjusting any config options related to gesture sensitivity. It must either not be enabled or relating to something else.

dyego
New member

This is an awesome feature.

 

But it would be great if we could customize it. For example: I would like to change tabs on two figer swipe, instead of going back and forth on the page history.

 

Changing tabs with mousepad is a really good and intuitive feature, I've used this on other browsers and really enjoyed it.

 

fgriffith
Employee
Employee

@dyegoI've just tested this on my profile (Win10, x118 Beta) and the functionality you described WFM. I also have "switch tabs using mouse wheel" functionality active (toolkit.tabbox.switchByScrolling and its value to "true" in about:config) with my Logitech MX Ergo. Key is that your cursor must be over the tabbox to manifest the scroll through tabs vs. positioning at left or right edge of browser window to activate Swipe to Nav

Please see https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1285434#answer-1308548

or https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/products/firefox for any more info about the switch tabs config settings

Hope this helps

zhi
New member

In Safari, if you jump from one page to another, swiping left with two fingers will close the new page. If you're on the same page, it will go back to the last page. This is very convenient and I really hope it can be added. Thanks.

dyego
New member

@fgriffiththanks for your response!

I've just tested it with the setting you mentioned

It kind of works, but you have to place the cursor on top of the tab selector and it's pretty weird to use on a touchpad

I've attached an youtube video showcasing this feature

https://youtu.be/ImBqo6ExKc4?t=73

thanks