Quite recently Chrome has taken up the nasty habit of interpreting errant horizontal scrolling to mean "Go back," which is deeply frustrating. I hit the back button rarely enough that I do not foresee ever needing this feature, and I scroll up and down all the time so having that occasionally delete entered text, or leave a video halfway through, is just unnacceptable.

I've found some clear instructions for disabling Swipe Navigation for Chrome on OSX, but nothing for us Ubuntu-kids yet.


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Type chrome://flags/#overscroll-history-navigation into the address bar.

Change the state from 'Enabled' to 'Disabled'.

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    This flag no longer exists. 54.0.2840.98. Can't find anywhere else to adjust the setting.
    – Matias Vad
    Nov 20, 2016 at 17:36
  • @MatiasVad Still exists on Chrome 58 on my machine. Are you using Ubuntu?
    – wjandrea
    May 30, 2017 at 23:29
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    @wjandrea No I'm on MacOS 10.12.5. Using 58.0.3029.110, I saw your comment on the OP
    – Matias Vad
    Jun 14, 2017 at 11:42
  • I confirm this is missing on MacOS for me as well.
    – bhspencer
    Dec 8, 2017 at 4:58
  • The way to disable now is to execute this command in the terminal: defaults write com.google.Chrome.plist AppleEnableSwipeNavigateWithScrolls -bool FALSE
    – niieani
    Apr 14, 2018 at 11:42

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