Windows 10 Touchpad Gestures

If you are familiar with using a laptop, you will no doubt also be familiar with using a touchpad or trackpad to control it. However even if you are used to controlling your laptop with the touchpad, it can be some time before it feels as familiar as using a traditional mouse. Luckily Windows 10 allows for several very useful touchpad gestures which, when combined with hotkeys, make using a laptop much quicker and easier.

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Touchpad Settings

Windows 10 contains some basic touchpad settings when used on a laptop but you may also need to get into the hardware settings for your particular laptop. You can usually find this in the taskbar menu. If not, use the universal search to find “Touch Pad Settings” and click on “Additional Settings”.

touchpad settings

Select Item

Tap the touch pad with one finger when over the item you want to select. You can also tap twice to select items that need a doubleflick.

select item using touchpad

Horizontal Scroll

Place two fingers on the touchpad and slide horizontally. This gesture will work in any app that allows horizontal scrolling, such as the Internet browser.

horizontal scroll using touchpad

Vertical Scroll

Vertical Scroll Place two fingers on the touchpad and slide vertically. Thus gesture us useful for scrolling down through web pages or when reading long text documents such as Word docs.

vertical scroll using touchpad

Zoom In

Place two fingers on the touchpad and pinch in diagonally. This gesture will be familiar to anyone who uses a smartphone or tablet. Can be used in several core apps, including Photos.

zoom in using touchpad

Zoom Out

Place two fingers on the touchpad and spread out diagonally. When you change zoom in a browser, a pop-up will usually appear as you zoom, showing you the change from the default 100%.

zoom out using touchpad

Task View

Place three fingers on the touchpad and swipe them away from you. This is one of the new gestures that may not work on your device if it does not have a precision touchpad.

task view touchpad gesture

Show Desktop

Place three fingers on the touchpad and swipe them towards yourself. Again, this requires a precision touchpad to work. This can also be achieved by pressing Windows Key + D.

desktop view touchpad gesture

Context Menu

Tap the touchpad with two fingers or press in the bottom right corner. This gesture results in the same as right-clicking with a traditional mouse, usually opening a contextual menu.

context menu touchpad gesture

Switch Windows

Place three fingers on the touchpad and swipe right or left. Requires precision touchpad. You can also switch between open windows easily by holding Alt and tapping Tab.

switch windows touchpad gesture


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