After upgrading to Lion, Reeder swipe up and swipe down gestures stopped working.

Reeder swipe up and swipe down gestures in Lion

How do I fix them?


2 Answers 2


This problem is a known issue and has been fixed in recent versions.

However, it is not specific to Reeder and seems to also affect Twitter and other apps.

To work around it, hold ⌥ Option and swipe using the same count of fingers that you have set for Mission Control in Trackpad preference pane:

Swipe up with three fingers

  • Thanks! This was a great workaround which also works in Chrome to trigger Chrome's exposé.
    – fnurl
    Nov 19, 2011 at 15:35

You can fix this (temporarily), but there's some plist hacking involved. I read on reeder's twitter feed about a solution to this problem.

“@jagreenwood: @reederapp i got them working like this tumblr.com/xic3melm6o swipeWithEvent isn't called otherwise” Great, thanks!

The solution described at the linked address explains how to fix this problem in a couple of steps:

  1. I set up the trackpad properties in Preferences like this: enter image description here

  2. open up ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.driver.AppleBluetoothMultitouch.trackpad.plist in your favorite editor

  3. make set the value of key TrackpadThreeFingerVertSwipeGesture to 1
  4. Restart your computer as this setting otherwise isn't used.

It's a bit hackish, but works pretty fine for me. The author of the post has also a different solution, but I don't really like that there's the option key involved.

  • I tried this but unfortunately to no avail.
    – Dan
    Sep 23, 2011 at 21:36

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