Swiping on a touch screen

We had already a few months a problem on the machines touchscreen that our interface behaved differently with a finger swipe as with a mouse drag and drop. The problem was that swiping from left to right was navigating to the previous page. And swiping the other way around was taking us to the next page.

Because a customer does not need to know that our interface is in fact a html page, this is unwanted behavior from user testings point of view. In the options of Chrome itself I could not find any options that could explain this behavior.

But there is a solution. Just start chrome or chromium with a command line switch.


Did you know that chrome has a lot of command line parameters? Look at Peter Beverloo’s page for an overview.

You see, as a tester you also need to think how we can solve bugs, because not all bugs are code related.

About the author

I currently work as a Test Automation Consultant at b.ignited. Here I work for different clients in different industries to help them start and speed up their testing cycles

I’ve been testing software since 2000 when I became involved in testing telephone applications and hardware. Since then, I’ve been able to expand my experience by testing a variety of embedded, web, mobile and desktop applications. I have used various development methodologies from waterfall to agile.

I consider myself to be a lifelong learner.