How To Disable Firefox Gestures

Firefox has been driving me crazy for months now as the “back” action seems to trigger at random and return to the previous page, losing whatever I was working on. I use a Wacom Bamboo tablet pen but I have disabled the touch gestures on the pad. Somehow it still seems that the normal pen cursor is enough to trigger the gestures although it is not 100% reproducible. Tonight I have finally exercised the gremlin which turns out to be down to Firefox having built in gesture support enabled as default. To turn off the problem gestures is simple:

  • In the address bar type: about:config
  • In the Search filter type: gesture
  • Double click “browser.gesture.swipe.left” and delete the default value “Browser:BackOrBackDuplicate”, just leave it blank
  • Do the same for any of the other string type entries that are bugging you, I cleared them all
  • Changes are automatically saved as you make them
  • Close the page and you are done
  • If you change your mind later on you can return to the same page/filter and right click each modified row and choose Reset which will return it to the default value

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