Disabling swipe to switch workspaces

Solution Unverified - Updated -


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9


Swiping up or down with three fingers switches the workspace on a touch screen.


You can disable the workspace switching.

Root Cause

The default behavior of the GNOME desktop.

Diagnostic Steps

  1. Log into the GNOME desktop session.

  2. Install the gnome-shell-extension-gesture-inhibitor package:

    # dnf install gnome-shell-extension-gesture-inhibitor
  3. Restart your your desktop session.

  4. Enable the gesture-inhibitor GNOME Shell extension.

    On RHEL 9, you can use the following command:

    $ gnome-extensions enable gesture-inhibitor@gnome-shell-extensions.gcampax.github.com
  5. Restart your desktop session.

  6. Disable the workspace switching using the extension:

    $ gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.gesture-inhibitor workspace-switch false

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