For anyone who does not use gestures already, they're extremely helpful. Multitouch gestures allow you to input a physical motion on the trackpad in place of a keyboard or virtual menu command on your computer. In time, the correlation between physical motion and virtual reaction becomes second nature, and allows for very quick computing. I'll give my recommendations and current set up, but the time-saving possibilities and shortcuts are endless.
The new Firefox has some gestures to start with. You can:
- Swipe Left: Go back in history
- Swipe Right: Go forward in history
- Swipe Up: Go to the top of the page
- Swipe Down: Go to the end of the page
I will also show how to do some other modifications you can make in the sensitivity and functionality department of the twist and pinch gestures.
Though the instructable was introduced following the release of Firefox 4 and it's increased support for gestures, it still is applicable to all of the versions since.
Step 1: Types of gestures
- browser.gesture.twist.right - twist/rotate right
- browser.gesture.twist.left - twist/rotate left
- browser.gesture.pinch.in - pinch in
- browser.gesture.pinch.out - pinch out
- browser.gesture.pinch.in.shift - pinch in + shift
- browser.gesture.pinch.out.shift - pinch out + shift
- browser.gesture.swipe.up - swipe up
- browser.gesture.swipe.down - swipe down
- browser.gesture.swipe.left - swipe left
- browser.gesture.swipe.right - swipe right
When pairing your gestures to commands, consider their function. If you want to switch to the tab on your right, it doesn't make any sense to use swipe up or pinch in as your gesture to get there. If you set it up comfortably, it will feel natural and require little or no explanation to a new user on your computer.