Stop Chrome Navigating Back When Swiping Horizontally

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If you try to use Google Chrome on a small window on a laptop, perhaps because you are comparing two web pages side by side, swiping left or right doesn’t move the page around, but it jumps to the previous or next page. Here’s how to prevent that on OS X.

The following commands, typed in Terminal, will stop that most annoying behaviour.

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

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