Windows 10 recently got some new touchpad settings to improve navigation and multitasking, and in this guide, we show you how to customize the experience in the Creators Update.

The Creators Update for Windows 10 introduces new settings and enhancements to take full advantage of the "Precision Touchpads" on supported devices.

If this term is new to you, a Precision Touchpad is an extension of the traditional touchpad that you can use to control the mouse cursor on your screen. The main difference between the two is that a Precision Touchpad supports a wider range of multi-touch gestures and additional advanced settings.

Along with a new dedicated "Touchpad" page with new options in the Settings app, Windows 10 now has new tweaks for gestures and click detection. In this new update, there are improvements to make the touchpad more accurate when detecting left and right clicks and pinch to zoom. While using two-finger tap and clicks, you'll notice a reduction in false positives, and an updated algorithm reduces inadvertent zooming while panning.

In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to find out whether your device has support for "Precision Touchpad" and explain how to customize the experience.

How to see if your laptop supports Precision Touchpad

While most newer laptops and convertible devices (such as the Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3, Surface Book, and Dell XPS laptops) include Precision Touchpad support, older devices might not. The following steps help you determine whether you can use multi-touch gestures on your Windows 10 PC.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Devices.
  3. Click on Touchpad.

If your laptop or convertible device uses Precision Touchpad, in the Touchpad settings page, you should see a message that reads: "Your PC has a precision touchpad." If not, you'll still see the settings page, but you'll get an option to adjust sensitivity.

How to customize the Precision Touchpad settings

To customize the Precision Touchpad experience on your Windows 10 device, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Devices.
  3. Click on Touchpad.

How to enable (or disable) Precision Touchpad

You can quickly enable or disable the experience by turning the Touchpad toggle switch on or off.

If you use your PC with a traditional mouse, you can also decide whether connecting the mouse disables the touchpad automatically by clearing the Leave on the when a mouse is connected option.

In this section, you'll also find a slider to change the mouse cursor speed.

Customizing tap experience

Under "Taps," you get a number of options to customize the tapping behavior when using a trackpad for clicking and selecting.

The Touchpad sensitivity drop-down menu allows you to adjust the sensitivity level of your touchpad. While "Medium sensitivity" is the optimal option for most users, you can select a few other levels, including:

  • Most sensitive.
  • High sensitive.
  • Low sensitive.

Additionally, in this section, you can take control of the tap gestures to use on Windows 10 with your Precision Touchpad, including:

  • 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 corner of the touchpad to right-click.

Customizing scroll and zoom

It's also possible to customize other gestures, such as scrolling and pinch to zoom.

Under "Scroll and zoom," you can change whether or not to drag two fingers to scroll, and there is a drop-down menu to change the scrolling direction, allowing you to use a downward motion to scroll up or down.

Pinch to zoom is also enabled by default, but you can always clear the option to disable the feature.

Customizing three-finger gestures

On the Creators Update, Windows 10 also adds new options to control gestures with multiple fingers, which helps you speed up navigation when working with multiple apps, desktops, and you can even use three-finger gestures to control audio and volume.

Using the "Swipes" drop-down menu, you can customize the experience with the following options.

  • Nothing: Disables three-finger gestures on Windows 10.
  • Switch apps and show desktop: Allows you to use a three-finger swipe up to open Task View, down to show the desktop, and left and right to switch between running apps.
  • Switch desktop and show desktop: Allows you to use a three-finger swipe up to open Task View, swipe down to show the desktop, and swipe left or right to switch between virtual desktops.
  • Change audio and volume: This option lets you swipe up to turn the system volume up, swipe down to turn the volume down, and swipe left and right to skip to the previous or next song using a music app.

It's also possible to use three-finger tap gestures to perform specific commands, such as opening Cortana or Action Center, Play or pause on music apps, or use the tap gesture as a middle mouse button.

Customizing advanced gestures configuration

You can customize some additional Precision Touchpad settings, which are accessible when clicking the Advanced gesture configuration link in the top-right corner, under "Related settings."

Instead of using one of the predefined set of gesture actions under "Three-finger gestures," this page allows you to specify the action for each swipe.

For example, you can select to open Action Center when using a three-finger tap, or you can choose to record a custom shortcut.

Three-finger swipes can be configured to hide all the running apps other than the one in focus, and swipe down, left, and right to perform totally unrelated actions. Here's a list of all the actions you can use for swipe gestures:

  • Nothing.
  • Switch apps.
  • Task view.
  • Show desktop.
  • Switch desktops.
  • Hide everything other than the app in focus.
  • Create desktop.
  • Remove desktop.
  • Forward navigation.
  • Backward navigation.
  • Snap window to the left.
  • Snap window to the right.
  • Maximize a window.
  • Minimize a window.
  • Next track.
  • Previous track.
  • Volume up.
  • Mute.
  • Custom shortcut.

Resetting the Precision Touchpad settings

If you no longer want to use your custom settings, you can always scroll down to the bottom of the page, and click the Reset button to go back to the default Precision Touchpad settings.

Wrapping things up

In the past, PCs were known to have a mediocre experience when it came to trackpads. However, with the Creators Update, Windows 10 is introducing Precision Touchpad settings that not only bring new options and enhancements, but they also lay the groundwork with a set of new rules to help manufacturers build the best touchpad experiences possible on Windows 10.

More Windows 10 resources

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