On my Surface Pro, when I drag my finger across the browser window, Chrome will navigate back and forth through the browsing history.

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How do I disable this feature?

  • Are you swiping from the left to right or right to left? – vembutech Nov 14 '14 at 19:57
  • @vembutech Both. The former navigates back, the latter forward. – Der Hochstapler Nov 14 '14 at 19:58
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    This is not Windows or Surface specific. The same solution works on other operating systems/devices, including Chrome OS/Chromebooks. – Laurence Gonsalves Jun 22 '16 at 4:15
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    Is this not a function of the OS ? It's a 'shortcut' which is provided to the application, by the OS. – djsmiley2kStaysInside Aug 7 '17 at 15:38
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    I found this question even though I’m using Vivaldi on Mac OS. @djsmiley2k’s comment helped me. The setting is called “Swipe between pages” in the system preferences under “Trackpad” and “More Gestures.” – Denis Drescher Apr 9 '19 at 13:40

Updated: Q1 2021

This can be disabled on Windows by passing the following flag on the command line:

  • I no longer have this issue or have a device where I could reproduce this. A quick online research indicates that this is the the current correct solution though. – Der Hochstapler Mar 18 at 9:32
  1. Go to chrome://flags/#overscroll-history-navigation

  2. Disable the Overscroll history navigation experiment:

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You can also pass


as startup parameter to chrome

  • I've been looking for this for a while, thanks! No one mentioned the start up flag param at all and I was looking all over for it. – Wimateeka Nov 13 '19 at 15:30

It works for MacOS to disabling of swiping.

Just run Terminal of MacOS and paste and run this command

defaults write com.google.Chrome AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool false

After that close chrome and run it again.

  • Bless you sir, I've been having screaming fits when Chrome would go back while I was scrolling around but I didn't want to change "swipe between pages" for everything. – PaulC Apr 8 at 18:18

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