laptop touchpad causing browser 'Back'??

Matthew Saltzman mjs at
Sat Dec 11 23:49:21 UTC 2004

On Sat, 11 Dec 2004, Stephen Walton wrote:

> On Sat, 2004-12-11 at 16:34 -0500, Matthew Saltzman wrote:
> > On Sat, 11 Dec 2004, Stephen Walton wrote:
> > > But my real
> > > question is, what feature of Firefox causes it to go back pages when one
> > > accidentally touches a particular part of the touchpad, and which part
> > > of the touchpad is involved?
> >
> > - Horizontal scrolling (button six and seven events) through moving
> >   the finger on the lower side of the touchpad.
> Ah, thanks for that!  It turns out that "Shift+scroll" is a document
> mouse shortcut for going backwards through pages in Firefox.  Apparently
> horizontal touchpad scrolling works the same way.  So that's what we're
> all seeing.  I suppose that the only way to get rid of this with
> Synaptics would be to turn off touchpad scrolling.

At least horizontal scrolling.  Horiz. and vert. scrolling are controlled
separately.  You could also keep it on but make it harder to trigger.
Keep reading the README!

> Thanks again for digging into this.

		Matthew Saltzman

Clemson University Math Sciences
mjs AT clemson DOT edu

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