Touchpads are pretty normal input devices that you can find on almost all laptops, doing one simple task, to move the mouse across the screen, to open and close applications and much more. But, you still might have overheard some people complaining that their touchpads aren’t useful enough if they want to get some real work done. However we strongly disagree! Your touchpad can do much more things than you think it’s capable of, thanks to Windows 11 touchpad gestures.
Here’s a guide explaining each and everything that you should know about touchpad gestures to increase your productivity:
How to Enable Touchpad gestures in Windows 10 & 11
Most important thing that you should know is that this gestures only works on touch pads which support Windows precision drivers.
- You can check if your Windows 10 PC has a Precision touchpad by going to: Settings>Devices>Touchpad, check if it says “you have a Precision touchpad”.
- On the other hand if you own an Windows 11 PC then there’s a good chance that it already supports Windows precision drivers.
The gestures are already enabled by default on all windows PC and but you can still customize their function or toggle them on or off as per you requirements by going under Bluetooth & Devices>Touchpad
There are multiple options when it comes to tap gestures on Windows which can all be toggled on or off separately allowing you to:
- Tap with a single finger to single-click
- Tap with two fingers to right-click
- Tap twice and drag to multi-select
- Press the lower right comer of the touchpad to right-click – We recommend tapping with two fingers to right click; to prolong your trackpads life.
Apart from this Windows also allows you to change the Touchpad sensitivity according to your preference.
Scroll and Zoom Gestures
Once enabled, the first option allow you to use two fingers to scroll up and down in a window, you can also change the Scrolling direction as per your liking by clicking on the drop down list. However we recommend selecting the Down motion scrolls up option as it allows you to scroll much more naturally while helping you evade hand fatigue.
Additionally, you can also enable pinch to zoom by clicking on the second option. It comes in handy if you edit photos regularly or if you want to zoom in or out on a webpage.
You can swipe in any direction with three fingers to use this gestures. By default You can swipe up or down with three fingers to enter Multitasking view or Show the desktop. On the other hand swiping right or left using three fingers allows you to switch apps and tapping with three finger allows you to open the notification center.
You can swipe in any direction with four fingers to use this gestures. By default You can swipe up or down with four fingers to increase/decrease volume. On the other hand swiping right or left using four finger allows you to play the next or previous track respectively and tapping with four finger allows you to play or pause.
Finally you can also customize all the directional gestures found in both three and four finger gestures to your liking by scrolling further and clicking on Advanced Gestures listed under Related Settings. This leads to a page that looks something like the screenshot shown below. Now you can tap on a drop down list for each of the gestures and control which gesture triggers what.