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When looking at a PDF document I often want to zoom-out to scroll quickly to its contents and get an overview.

However, when I zoom-out past a certain threshold (it seems to differ per PDF) Safari thinks I want to see the tab overview:

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I have never found a use for this function, so it only causes annoyance.

Can I turn this tab overview off somehow? A solution that uncouples the pinch-to-zoom gesture from the functionality would also work.

I'm on Mountain Lion 10.8.5 with Safari 6.1.3.

marked as duplicate by bmike Mar 1 at 2:24

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This is currently not possible. Apple does not provide a way to turn this off.

Note that if your swiping is begun whilst still zoomed slightly, the tab switcher is not invoked. See this animation:

This is a pretty large GIF — it'll take a while to load and be smooth.

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As of Mojave (10.14 at least, possibly earlier) you can turn off the pinch to zoom gesture system wide which disables this behavior:

System Preferences > Trackpad > Scroll & Zoom

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    This option has been there since Snow Leopard (I think). However, it's not a real answer as the question starts with When looking at a PDF document I often want to zoom-out to scroll quickly to its contents and get an overview. If pinch-to-zoom is turned off completely I can't zoom-out on PDF's either. – Saaru Lindestøkke Mar 1 at 10:13

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