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I use my iMac for video editing. While working with Final Cut Pro, I can swipe left or right on my Magic Mouse to move the timeline one way or another. It's very handy because it gives me multiple methods of navigating through the timeline.
If only that feature translated to apps like Safari, where I could pull off a simple one-finger-swipe to navigate forward or backward within a website.
Guess what? That feature does exist, only it's disabled by default. Actually, the Magic Mouse can do more than that. You can configure it such that going backward or forward between pages can be done with one finger, two fingers, or both. Once enabled, any app that moves backward and forward (right to left) will work with a one- or two-finger swipe to the left or right.
The feature is built in and ready to enable.
Let me show you how.
How to enable finger swiping on the Magic Mouse
What you'll need: To make this work, you'll need a device running an updated version of MacOS and a connected Magic Mouse. I'll demonstrate this on an iMac running MacOS version 13.4.1. Now, let's give your mouse a new trick.
1. Open System Settings
This feature is enabled via the System Settings app.
Click the Swipe between pages drop-down and select one of the options. I prefer Scroll Left or Right with One Finger.
Once you've made your selection, I would suggest opening your web browser, going to ZDNET.com, clicking on an article, and then using the one-finger swipe on the Magic Mouse to test the feature. If it works to your liking, you can close System Settings and enjoy the more efficient method of interacting with apps that allows you to move back and forth between pages.