If you are a laptop user, you may want to get better at using your touchpad with custom touchpad gestures. Here’s how to customize it on Windows 11.
Navigating around Windows 11 can be easier if you use multi-touch trackpad gestures on supported mobile touchpads. Fortunately, Windows 11 allows you to use trackpad gestures to navigate faster through Windows on modern laptops. However, only laptops that support the Windows Precision Touchpad driver allow you to customize touchpad gestures on Windows 11.
With Windows Precision Touchpad support, your laptop natively supports custom gestures, allowing you to use them without third-party software solutions.
Here’s what you need to know to set up and customize touchpad gestures on Windows 11.
Check to customize touchpad gesture support
If you want to use custom touchpad gestures, you’ll need to make sure you have the correct driver to support them.
Here’s what you need to do to check it out:
- Check Touchpad Drivers. The Settings app won’t let you customize touchpad gestures on Windows 11 if you don’t have a precision touchpad. If you have one like the Brydge Trackpad, be sure to update its drivers.
- Install third-party software. If there is a third-party trackpad software, the results will vary depending on how powerful the software is and the ability to customize the app.
How to customize touchpad gestures on Windows 11
Windows 11 includes built-in profiles for laptops with Windows Precision Touchpad drivers. It allows you to customize three- and four-finger gestures, including swipes and flicks.
To manage touchpad gestures on Windows 11:
- Click on Windows key and choose Settings Or use the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I To open Settings.
- when Settings Opens, click Bluetooth and devices on the right panel and select The touchpad on the right.
- Scroll down to File Gestures and interaction Section and search Three and four finger gestures.
- expansion in Three finger gestures Choose the in-app switching options, virtual desktop, and media controls.
- The controls you set will perform the action you select when you swipe up on the touchpad. For example, if you set it to Change the volume and volumeWhen you swipe up with three fingers, the volume controls appear on the touchpad.
- You can also set certain actions for taps. Swipe down and change the drop down next to taps.
- Set the action you want when you tap the touchpad with three fingers. In the example below, we set it to Open Control Center.
- If you no longer want the three finger gestures, set it to no thing.
Assign four-finger touchpad gestures
If you’d rather use four fingers to customize touchpad gestures on Windows 11, you can. The options are nearly identical – you’ll only use four fingers instead of three.
To set up four-finger touchpad gestures:
- Scroll down and expand File Four finger gestures Section.
- Select what you want to happen on four-finger swipe from the drop-down list.
- Scroll down and select Action from File taps Section.
- As with three-finger gestures, select no thing From the menu if you don’t want four-finger gestures to do anything.
How to use advanced touchpad gestures on Windows 11
In addition to customizing the touchpad finger gestures, you can create advanced gestures.
To configure and use advanced touchpad gestures, use the following steps:
- Multiply Windows key to open a file start menu and choose Settings.
- when Settings Opens, click Bluetooth and devices on the left and The touchpad on the right.
- Scroll down and select File advanced gestures option under Related settings Section.
- Now, assign custom actions to each touchpad gesture. To do this, click menu button next to each action and select what you want it to do. For example, you can set a three-finger swipe to maximize the window, switch virtual desktops, and more.
How to reset touchpad gestures on Windows 11
After changing your touchpad settings, you may want to reset it at a later time. Maybe it’s interfering with your workflow, or you just no longer need it.
To reset touchpad gestures on Windows 11:
- tap on windows button to unlock start menu and choose Settings.
- When you open Settings, go to Bluetooth and device and click The touchpad to expand it.
- tap on Re-Set button.
This is. Touchpad gestures will revert to default settings. You can change it in the future if necessary.
Using touchpad gestures on Windows 11 devices
If you want to customize trackpad actions and gestures on your Windows 11 PC, you will be able to. Just make sure your device uses a precision touchpad and has an updated Windows Precision Touchpad driver that supports customization.
However, it should be noted that not everyone is a fan of the touchpad on their laptop. Some users prefer a mouse and want to disable the touchpad when a mouse is connected.
If you are not using Windows 11 yet, don’t worry. You can use touchpad gestures in Windows 10. Or, you can disable the touchpad on Chromebook.