Want to change the default scroll direction of the touchpad on your laptop running Windows 10? Do you want to invert the touchpad scroll direction on Windows 10? In this guide, we will see how to change the touchpad scroll direction in Windows 10.
Everyone knows how to scroll down a page or window with a touchpad. With default settings, on most notebooks, you need to move your finger(s) from the top of the touchpad to the bottom to scroll down a window or page. Likewise, scrolling in reverse direction will move up a page or window.
Although most users prefer scroll down a page by moving finger(s) from the top to the bottom on the touchpad, some users prefer the other way i.e. moving from bottom of the touchpad to the top to scroll down a page.
If you have recently installed or upgraded to Windows 10 and not happy with the default scrolling direction of the touchpad, you can easily change the touchpad scroll direction with a few clicks.
Complete the directions in one of the given below methods to change touchpad scroll direction in Windows 10. Note that these instructions are for notebooks equipped with touchpads from Synaptics (most laptops use Synaptics). These directions might not work for other touchpads like Elan.
Changing touchpad scroll direction in Windows 10
Method 1 of 2
Step 1: In the Start search box or Run command dialog, type Main.cpl, and then press Enter key to open Mouse Properties.
Step 2: Switch to the last (extreme right) tab. Depending on your laptop’s brand and model, the last tab could be Device Settings, Touchpad Settings, TouchPad or ThinkPad as shown in the picture below.
Step 3: Click Settings button (as shown in the picture above). On some notebooks, you might need to select your touchpad’s entry in the devices list to activate the Settings button.
Step 4: Once touchpad settings panel is opened, switch to Scroll tab.
Step 5: Look for the setting named Switch direction, Reverse direction or Reverse scrolling direction, and turn on or off the same to change the scroll direction.
If you’re running an older version of the touchpad, you might see the following screen instead of the one shown above. In that case, Expand MultiFinger Gestures tree, select two-finger scrolling, click the gear icon next to it, and then turn on or off Enable reverse scrolling direction setting.
Method 2 of 2
Step 1: Open Settings app by either clicking its icon in the Start menu or simultaneously pressing Windows + I keys.
Step 2: Click Devices (Bluetooth, printers, mouse).
Step 3: Click Mouse & touchpad. Scroll down, under Related settings, you will find Additional mouse options link. Click on the link to open Mouse Properties.
Step 4: From here onwards, follow the Step 2, 3, 4 and 5 of Method 1 to change touchpad scroll direction in Windows 10.
Do let us know if you there are other ways to change the default scroll direction in Windows 10.
Our how to turn on or off two finger scrolling in Windows 10 guide might also interest you.