Too often, when I try to move my cursor and click, or try to drag something or select text, and my two fingers end up on the trackpad at the same time, all my open tabs shrink into this view:

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This is extremely disruptive as it makes me lose my focus and then I have to locate the page I was currently on, click it and then resume working.

I can't tell what this specific feature in Safari is called (I want to still be able to pinch to zoom in and out of a page), and couldn't find info anywhere on how to completely disable it.

Can I disable this? (or I can use another browser, obviously...)

  • I also wanted to add this features utterly destroy your SSD if you have dozens or more tabs. As the features actually reload of your tab for the tab preview. You will ran out of memory and page everything to disk. Reported this problem to Safari team and no feedback to years. – user982438 Dec 24 '19 at 14:45

Yes, you can.

System Preferences > Trackpad > Scroll & Zoom

Scroll and zoom page in System Preferences

I actually had to check the "Zoom in or out - Pinch with two fingers" box to even figure out what you were talking about.

Limitation: This disables the gesture in more places than Safari.

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    Also a non-answer on this question as the question asker clearly states (I want to still be able to pinch to zoom in and out of a page) – Saaru Lindestøkke Mar 1 '19 at 10:15

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