Printable Mac Gestures Guide For Lion

Using gestures is the key to getting the most from Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Knowing them can make you much faster at getting to things and working with your apps. You can find them all by just looking through the System Preferences under Trackpad or Mouse.

But it can be useful to have a printout handy while trying to master them.
So MacMost has compiled a list of gestures for Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion). Here they all are on a single PDF page, downloadable and printable: The MacMost Guide to Mac OS X Lion Gestures. Download it and pass it along!

Comments: 19 Responses to “Printable Mac Gestures Guide For Lion”

    7/22/11 @ 5:49 pm

    Great idea… exactly what I need! Thanks for your time in putting it together.

    7/26/11 @ 8:30 pm

    Awesome, Gary! Thanks. Been telling my friends about Macmost. Really like your video tutorials.

    lauren eisen
    7/28/11 @ 2:01 pm

    thank you for this and for last week’s keyboard shortcuts.
    love your tutorials, they are always informative even if i think i know the subject,
    i always learn something from you.

    7/29/11 @ 2:42 pm

    Really good job on this, it has been very helpful, as have all your tutorials, please keep up the good work, I am now a much more proficient mac user because of your site , thank you :)

    7/29/11 @ 10:15 pm

    Omg! This is great… Thank you so much for all the hours you put into this great website. This is my first time I come across this web page and now you will have a long term fan. Keep up the great job!

    Sheryl King
    8/2/11 @ 2:42 pm

    I’ve loved your videos (which I get through TiVo). I knew I could count on you for a succinct, accurate list of all the gestures! Thank you so much!

    8/19/11 @ 4:51 am

    This is great. Everything you do is great quality and really helpful. I listen to your macmost moments while working out and then can go back to watch the videos.
    I keep recommending you – you never disappoint. You’re obviously aligned with your passion and it shows.

    James Lauderdale
    9/15/11 @ 12:59 pm

    My MacBook Pro 2.4ghz Core Duo doesn’t play well in the sandbox with the MagicTracPad. It won’t run the two finger movements either vertically or horizontally. In order to scroll down a page I have to put the cursor in the srollbar (now hidden in Lion) and it won’t scroll across a page (think Excel sheets). Any thoughts?

      9/15/11 @ 1:45 pm

      Have you tried playing around with the System Preferences for it?

    10/26/11 @ 8:35 am

    Gary, The Macmost website is fantastic! Keep up the great work. During a recent one-to-one training at the local apple store, the trainer went to ask another colleague how to add beats in iMovie when he did not know. Meanwhile, during this training delay, I quickly found your tutorial using Google and was able to teach him upon his return. Macmost provides amazingly focused and simple tutorials. You have gained another Macmost follower.

    My question regarding gestures is do the following two gestures require particular cursor placement or are they application specific for functionality? I am having difficulty making the following two gestures from the outline sheet for Lion above work on my macbook pro 13″ mid 2010 model:
    “Clear windows to reveal desktop”
    “Grab top of a window and drag”

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, I am sure I am simply doing something wrong.

      10/26/11 @ 8:42 am

      As for “clear windows to reveal desktop” it really just seems to move all the windows for the current application aside. Try it in the Finder and you get all the Finder windows moved aside, but if any other applications are running you still see those windows.
      As for the other one — I don’t see that as a gesture. But you can drag the top of any window by clicking on it and dragging.

    Vicki B.
    12/18/11 @ 11:08 am

    I’m not going to have to change my mouse when I install Lion, am I?
    I only see gestures for the tracker and magic mouse, whatever THAT is.
    But I know I’m getting Lion and iPhoto ’11 for Christmas, b/c someone told me.
    Our family has a tradition of knowing about one of our gifts before Christmas, but he’s getting Lion and iPhoto as part of the same one gift. He’s wrapping them together I guess. I don’t know, I just know I’m getting them but he hasn’t gotten me a new mouse. He said he had to talk really long with someone who works with Macintoshes, and the guy “still wasn’t that much help.”
    So I’m asking you; do I need to have a new mouse too?

      12/18/11 @ 12:27 pm

      You don’t have to get a new mouse. You just won’t be able to use those gestures.

    Jack Alldredge
    10/10/12 @ 11:51 am

    Any chance you will be updating the gesture and keyboard shortcuts from Lion to the new Mountain Lion? I know there are some differences.


      10/10/12 @ 12:30 pm

      No, I decided that this one isn’t as useful. Gestures are so customizable and vary so much according to which Mac you have and which pointing device you use. Plus, it is so easy to go into System Preferences and see exactly how you have them set up.

    11/8/12 @ 10:30 am

    I can’t think of a better “newbie” place. I have learned *SO* much here. Thanks!

    1/24/13 @ 7:03 pm

    Gary, just watched your explanation of the different audio formats. It was from 2010, and was the best breakdown of the formats I’ve seen. Thanks for the great work.

    2/7/13 @ 9:55 am

    Gary, thank you for this guide!!! I’m thrilled to finally know how to use the smart zoom on the mouse. For the last year, I’ve zoomed in by mistake and never knew how to zoom back. Yay! :) Robin

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