Enabling swiping between pages with MacOS mouse

Enabling swiping between pages with MacOS mouse

How to Enable Finger Swiping on the Magic Mouse and Enhance Your MacOS Experience

Magic Mouse

Have you ever wished you could navigate through websites with a simple swipe on your Magic Mouse, just like you do when using Final Cut Pro for video editing? Well, you’ll be thrilled to know that this feature actually exists and is readily available on MacOS. It just needs to be enabled, and I’m here to show you how.

I use my iMac for video editing, and being able to swipe left or right on my Magic Mouse to move the timeline is incredibly convenient. It provides me with multiple methods of navigating through the timeline, enhancing my editing workflow. However, I often find myself longing for the same capability in apps like Safari, where a one-finger swipe could effortlessly navigate forward or backward within a website. Luckily, this feature is not only possible but also customizable.

Discovering the Hidden Features of the Magic Mouse

The Magic Mouse offers more capabilities than you might realize. In addition to enabling one-finger and two-finger swipes for moving backward and forward between pages, the Magic Mouse can also be configured to perform various actions. By default, these features are disabled, but once enabled, any app that allows backward and forward movement (right to left) will respond to a swipe with either one or two fingers.

Let’s dive into the steps to enable finger swiping on your Magic Mouse and unlock its hidden potential.

Step 1: Open System Settings

To access the feature that enables finger swiping on the Magic Mouse, you need to go to the System Settings app. Simply click on the Apple icon on the far left edge of the Menu Bar and then select “System Settings.”

Accessing System Settings

Step 2: Navigate to Mouse Settings

Once you’re in the System Settings, scroll down to the bottom of the left sidebar and locate the “Mouse” entry. Click on it to access the mouse settings.

The Mouse section in System Settings

Step 3: Open More Gestures

Within the Mouse settings, you’ll find a tab labeled “More Gestures.” Click on it, and you’ll see an entry named “Swipe between pages.” This is where the finger swiping feature is waiting to be enabled.

Enabling Swipe between pages

Step 4: Enable Swipe between pages

By default, the “Swipe between pages” option is set to “Off.” Click on the drop-down menu, and you’ll see a few options to choose from. Depending on your preference, you can select either “Scroll Left or Right with One Finger” or “Scroll Left or Right with Two Fingers.”

Once you’ve made your selection, it’s time to put the feature to the test. Open your web browser, visit your favorite website, and click on an article. Then, use the one-finger swipe on your Magic Mouse to navigate back and forth between pages. If it works to your liking, you can close the System Settings and enjoy the newfound efficiency of interacting with apps.

If the one-finger swipe doesn’t feel right, you can always switch to the two-finger swipe and see if that suits you better. The great thing about this feature is its flexibility, allowing you to adapt it to your personal preferences.

Experience a More Efficient MacOS Workflow

Enabling finger swiping on the Magic Mouse enhances the way you interact with MacOS and makes your workflow considerably more efficient. Whether you’re navigating through video timelines in Final Cut Pro or browsing websites in Safari, the ability to swipe with a single finger or two fingers provides a seamless and intuitive experience.

So, give it a try, and you’ll discover a new dimension to your Magic Mouse that you didn’t even realize existed. With just a few simple steps, you can unlock its hidden potential and take your MacOS experience to the next level.