Quick Tip: Follow links easily on Twitter for Mac

Some of the most useful shortcuts are discovered accidentally. This little tidbit is no different.

It’s a pretty well documented fact that the “back” gesture works quite well when navigating through the official Twitter client for Mac.  If you are within sub-menus and do a 2 finger swipe backwards (right to left), you can traverse all the way back to your timeline.

What I was unaware of is what happens when you perform the opposite gesture. Using these gestures in a web browser, for example, will take you back and forward across pages you’ve visited, and this was exactly what I was trying to do when I figured this out.  In an attempt to use the “forward” gesture on a web page, I was mistakenly focused on Twitter, and the cursor was hovering over a tweet that contained a link.  The link was then opened in my active browser!

If you are unaware, the “forward’ gesture is a 2 finger swipe from left to right on your Track Pad or Magic Mouse.

I have to figure this shaves off a solid second from my work day, as opposed to clicking on the link, which allows me to get away with the occasional sneeze.

Josh is the Social Media Director and Sr. Systems Engineer for a startup toy company. He is freakishly into just about anything tech related. When he's not writing, he can be found inventing products at Quirky, or doing 3D renders… Full Bio