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Cannot zoom with touchpad on MacBook Pro in Firefox 4

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It seems that after installing firefox 4 I cannot use my MacBook Pro touchpad (trackpad) for zooming in or out the page anymore, as I used to do in the previous versions of Firefox.

Many people are used to use their touchpads for zooming, instead of clicking the Cmnd +/-, and its one of the basic touchpad functions that we have on our MacBooks, and many apps are using it.

Chosen solution

Please see http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/777886 for the solution to the same problem. Or like jesnft said in the above link, follow these steps-


For Firefox 4.0, several people have provided the solutions. The solution at: http://techmix.net/blog/2011/03/26/pr.../problem-with-pinchzoom-on-firefox-4-mac-osx/ restores Pinch-Zoom capability but with discrete steps. You also need to set browser.gesture.pinch.latched to false as was pointed out by iibpmii

So combining the steps, the complete solution that worked for me is:

   - Open a new Tab and type in “about:config” (without the quote) in the address bar
   - You will be asked to confirm to continue. Just do it.
   - Search for the term “browser.gesture” (without the quote).
   - Edit the browser.gesture.pinch settings as follows: 
   browser.gesture.pinch.in Value = cmd_fullZoomReduce
   browser.gesture.pinch.in.shift Value = cmd_fullZoomReset
   browser.gesture.pinch.latched Value = false
   browser.gesture.pinch.out Value = cmd_fullZoomEnlarge
   browser.gesture.pinch.out.shift Value = cmd_fullZoomReset
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Installed Plug-ins

  • Unity Web Player for Mac OS
  • Picasa plugin.
  • Google Updater One-Click Deluxe Install plugin
  • iPhoto6
  • Adobe Shockwave for Director Netscape plug-in, version 11.0.0
  • Allows webpages to support pressure-sensitive drawing on Wacom pen tablets.
  • DivX Web Player version 2.0.2.39
  • 4.0.50917.0
  • The Flip4Mac WMV Plugin allows you to view Windows Media content using QuickTime.
  • The QuickTime Plugin allows you to view a wide variety of multimedia content in web pages. For more information, visit the QuickTime Web site.
  • Java Plug-In 2 for NPAPI Browsers
  • Shockwave Flash 10.2 r152

Application

  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.5; rv:2.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/4.0

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brinda 12 solutions 128 answers

Chosen Solution

Please see http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/questions/777886 for the solution to the same problem. Or like jesnft said in the above link, follow these steps-


For Firefox 4.0, several people have provided the solutions. The solution at: http://techmix.net/blog/2011/03/26/pr.../problem-with-pinchzoom-on-firefox-4-mac-osx/ restores Pinch-Zoom capability but with discrete steps. You also need to set browser.gesture.pinch.latched to false as was pointed out by iibpmii

So combining the steps, the complete solution that worked for me is:

   - Open a new Tab and type in “about:config” (without the quote) in the address bar
   - You will be asked to confirm to continue. Just do it.
   - Search for the term “browser.gesture” (without the quote).
   - Edit the browser.gesture.pinch settings as follows: 
   browser.gesture.pinch.in Value = cmd_fullZoomReduce
   browser.gesture.pinch.in.shift Value = cmd_fullZoomReset
   browser.gesture.pinch.latched Value = false
   browser.gesture.pinch.out Value = cmd_fullZoomEnlarge
   browser.gesture.pinch.out.shift Value = cmd_fullZoomReset

Modified by brinda

Question owner

Wow, thanks, it worked!

brinda 12 solutions 128 answers

Helpful Reply

Awesome! If you could please mark this question as solved, it would be easier for other contributors :)

john1130 0 solutions 1 answers

This answer worked for me too. Thanks Brinda!