Friday, 3 August 2012

How to fix: Gestures no longer work on Mountain lion

I recently updated my MacBook Pro to Mountain Lion and I quickly discovered that some of my trackpad gestures stopped working. Including the three finger swipe to move to next full screen program, which I found very frustrating.

After investigating this issue, some people say its a screensaver issue, which others say you need to disable the gestures which came with mountain lion. Both of these do not help solve the issue.

How to re-enable three finger swipe to move between full screen applications

However I found in the extra gestures settings that Mountain Lion changes three finger swiping for four finger swiping across multiple open full screen programs, its a very simple fix.

How to re-enable three finger swipe gestures

  • Go to System Preferences
  • Go to Trackpad
  • Click on "More Gestures"
  • In "Swipe between full screen apps" change the setting to "Swipe left or right with three fingers"


  1. Thanks it helped me! And it didnt do it again!

  2. I found toggling back and forth made it work for me with four finger swiping (which I'm fine with.)

    1. Same here on a 2008 Mac Pro and a Trackpad. I need to toggle back and forth to get it working again. Quite annoying actually, and I suspect it's due to sleeping mode.