MBP 15" user - 95% trackpad - LOVE the 3-finger swipe navigation.

I assume Apple limits the potential of an app like this, but maybe not.

Is it possible to add vertical functionality to the 3-finger swipe?

To clarify: Saying "Swipe left/right/up/down" implies the end result of the movement, not the actual direction of my fingers. Swiping right means go to the window right of my current window. Swiping down displays all your windows/desktop background. Swiping up does nothing.

Really all I want, is to be able to swipe up to Spotify from any window or have a second set of windows on a level above the current, 1-dimensional horizontal window set.

Made a simple mockup as to what I am describing. Is there already an app like this? Would download in a heartbeat!

Row of six desktops labelled DESKTOP 1, PDF, CHROME, WORD, DESKTOP 2, PREMIERE, then atop the middle two, another row of two desktops labelled OUTLOOK and SPOTIFY.

  • You might be interested in a window manager like yabai. You can then map swipes (using bettertouchtool or equivalent) to yabai programming that navigates the way you want. Apr 29, 2021 at 17:18

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Currently you have 6 spaces: 2 desktops and 4 full-screen apps.

You could simulate "vertical spaces" with desktops (you'd end up with 4 desktops and 2 full-screen apps).

So instead of full-screening chrome, just make a new Desktop to house it. Open Chrome on the new Desktop and resize its window to fill the entire available space. Then open outlook on top of it and make outlook's window size the full size of the desktop as well.

Then using three finger swipe up, you can exposé both windows and click the one you want.

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