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I can already scroll left and right with two-finger swiping, however, in Windows I can use the same gestures to go forward and back in browsers and such. Is this possible in Ubuntu?

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yes, its easy open System SettingsMouse and touchpadTouchpad and check Two-finger scrolling

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I just check those settings and two-finger scrolling is selected and horizontal scrolling is also selected. This doesn't let me go back and forth in browsers though. – jimmygoska May 27 '12 at 18:48
This is not what he's looking for. – Waldir Leoncio Nov 29 '13 at 22:26

Check my answer here. It basically involves installing Easystroke and mapping Alt+left and Alt+right to whatever gesture you want.

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