How To Enable Or Disable Touchpad Gestures In Windows 8

It’s a well known fact that Windows 8 user interface has been optimized for touch screen and some features such as the Start screen and Modern UI apps has specially been designed for touch screen devices and it even includes some cool touch gestures.

Users who are running Windows 8 on a touch screen device probably know that one can swipe-in from the right-edge of the screen to see the Charms bar, swipe-in from the left edge of the screen to switch between apps, and swipe-in from the top edge to see the app bar.

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Just like touch-screen users, notebook and netbook users who are running Windows 8 with a compatible touchpad can also use gestures to switch between apps and see the Charms bar. On a compatible notebook, you can move your finger from the right-edge of the touch pad to activate the Charms bar, swipe-in from the top edge to see the app bar and swipe-in from left edge to see switch between apps (see all touchpad gestures in Windows 8).

These touchpad gestures are really helpful for users who don’t like to use keyboard shortcuts. But there are some users who really don’t like these touchpad gestures and want to disable them.

In this guide, we are going to show you how to disable swiping from the top, swiping from the left, and swiping from the right gestures in Windows 8 on a notebook. Please note that this guides is only for notebooks/netbooks using Synaptics touchpad.

To disable touchpad gestures:

Step 1: Before starting the actual procedure, we suggest you create a manual system restore point as we are going to edit the Registry.

Step 2: Copy the following registry code in Notepad and then save the file as Touch.reg file. Make sure that you save the file with .reg extension.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2\Right Edge Pull]
“ActionType”=dword:00000000
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2\Left Edge Pull]
“ActionType”=dword:00000000
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2\Right Edge Pull Extended Zone]
“ActionType”=dword:00000000
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2\Top Edge Pull]
“ActionType”=dword:00000000

Disable Touchpad Gestures In Windows 8

Disable Touchpad Gestures In Windows 8 Step1

Step 3: Double-click on Touch.reg file, click Yes for the prompt, and then click Ok.

Disable Touchpad Gestures In Windows 8 Step2

Disable Touchpad Gestures In Windows 8 Step5

Step 4: Reboot your Windows 8 PC to disable the above mentioned gestures. Good luck!

To enable these disabled gestures again, follow the given below instructions:

Step 1: Copy the below registry code in Notebook, save it as TouchEnable.reg file.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2\Right Edge Pull]
“ActionType”=dword:00000002
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2\Left Edge Pull]
“ActionType”=dword:00000002
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2\Right Edge Pull Extended Zone]
“ActionType”=dword:00000002
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2\Top Edge Pull]
“ActionType”=dword:00000002

Step 2: Double-click on the file, click Yes, and then click Ok when you see confirmation message.

Step 3: Reboot your computer. That’s it!

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Comments

  1. Michael says

    What mike suggested worked for me. Many many thanks.

    mike says

    December 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I was about to make the registry changes, but decided to poke a little further based on Jon’s comment….and voila!

    While I didn’t have the menu he described, I had it buried a little further :

    Go to Control Panel > Mouse > Device Settings tab.
    Select the Synaptics device, and click Settings button.
    From left menu, select Edge Swipe.
    On next screen, there is only option to toggle…. Enable Swipe or Disable Swipe.

    Hope that helps someone

  2. Analisa Roche says

    To Bob_T442: Thank you. Thank you, thank you, forever thank you. I can love my laptop again.

  3. Bob_T442 says

    My Toshiba Satellite L75D has an Elan Smart Pad touchpad and I just found, after a bit of searching, that I can alter any of the pad ‘gestures’ by clicking either the Toshiba Pointing Device icon in the System Tray (by the clock in lower right corner) or by following the path Control Panel > Mouse.
    In the Mouse Properties box, the ELAN tab contains an Options button which allows changes to the gestures.

  4. Lee Binder says

    @ Tweaky: as you see in my previous comment, the straight quot. marks do NOT show up. I *highly* recommend you edit the page source code to correct. Took me an hour or more to get down to this .. :)

  5. Lee Binder says

    above reg text does NOT work because on the web-page here TILTED quotation marks “” are used, whereas for regedit files they need to be STRAIGHT “” to work!

  6. Amber says

    On mine I found it: right swipe to open the charms. Click on Settings. At the bottom is a “Change PC Settings”. Click on this. Go to the “General” tab. You can here turn off the “When I swipe from the left switch to my most recent app”.

  7. Joshua says

    You may not need to edit registry, here’s what I did:

    -Show hidden icons (little arrow next to the date/time in the bottom right)
    -in here should be the service/app for your touchpad; mine was called Asus Smart Gesture
    -click the icon or right click>open/show to bring up your touchpad software/app window
    -there were multiple settings here and I was able to turn off swipe to charm bar and swipe to another app

    Really, it’s just like changing the settings for a Logitech mouse/keyboard, or any enthusiast peripheral hardware.h

  8. Yohn says

    I had a hard time finding where the thing was to turn off the touch pad gestures, but I found it within this folder
    /ASUS Smart Gesture/AsTPCenter/x64/AsusTPConfigure64.exe

  9. Rob says

    If the registry code doesn’t work for you, look at your registry to see if your touch pad is connected as a different device. Mine was connected as PS2_1 . Here is modified code that will work in that case:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2_1\Right Edge Pull]
    “ActionType”=dword:00000000
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2_1\Left Edge Pull]
    “ActionType”=dword:00000000
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2_1\Right Edge Pull Extended Zone]
    “ActionType”=dword:00000000
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2_1\Top Edge Pull]
    “ActionType”=dword:00000000

  10. JoeDunn6 says

    Folks,

    If you dislike Windows 8 Metro and want to return to using the old standard “DESKTOP”. install “Classic Start Menu 3.6.7″, it’s a free app from http://www.Classicshell.net. NO SPYWARE or other BS!

    Setup will take less than 3 minutes. Select the start menu you like best(Windows Classic, Windows XP, Windows Vista/Windows 7). Then Click “All Settings” and click the “Windows 8 Settings” tab, put a check mark next to “Skip Metro Screen” option. Now move down to “Disable Active Corner” and click the “All” option this will get rid the METRO Start Screen and the right/side Charm popup.

    As a side note, I removed/deleted as many of the Metro apps before installing Classic Start Menu. If you want to do this just point to the Metro App then right click your mouse and select delete. Some Apps can’t be deleted so you’ll have to click disable.

    If you have any questions or need assistance with the setup … leave me a post.

    Oh … don’t be fooled into buying the upcoming Windows Update for $125, if you like Classic Start Menu … let them know!

    JoeDunn6

  11. Alex says

    This worked great as the control panel settings didn’t allow me to change gestures even after I downloaded the synaptics driver supposedly to contain options to change gesture settings for Windows 8 which of course it didn’t. I was wondering if you had the registry code to perform the same process except this time to disable the ‘touch tap’ function? I think that is by far the worst of them all as it taps outside of text boxes when I’m typing or taps inside text boxes when I’m typing which starts randomly adding text wherever the cursor happens to be if I touch the touchpad by mistake. It also opens random items and folders when I just want to scroll across a page. If you could provide me with a code via email, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Alex

  12. Lampie says

    I’m hoping someone can help me – I do NOT want to do the reg edit, & I saw the correct screen yesterday while trying to fix a different problem, & now I can’t seem to find it

    I’ve tried all the fixes mentioned in the comments here, but I don’t have any of the paths that are mentioned.

    I need to turn off this stupid swipe-up-for-fullscreen crap, but I can’t find the correct screen again, no matter how much I look for it (I’ve probably spent 2 hours trying to retrace my steps)
    The screen I had found allowed me to toggle all the different mousepad gestures, so I could leave some on & turn others off.

    This is so completely frustrating.

  13. george says

    Thanks so much mike. i hate this smart tablet bullshit options. a computer is not meant to be a touch my screen ipad-like wannabe device. i cant stand it when they try to incorporate a million and one different types of settings into one universal device. hoping it will all stay afloat. . and your comment on how to disable the worst of the worst that they put into windows 8 is a lifesaver. thanks bro.

  14. Marthie says

    i found it in PC Settings. Just do the right hand “slide” screen and search for PC Setting. works great without the weird edit up top like you said:)

  15. Karl says

    You may have a UI from your driver provider to disable the touchpad behaviour.

    Go to Control Panel > Mouse > Click. (Click Settings)
    Then look for the additional touchpad driver providers pad.
    For example, mine is ELAN.

  16. Monique says

    You’re a lifesaver Mike! I’ve been ripping my hair out since I got this new computer on Christmas

  17. mike says

    I was about to make the registry changes, but decided to poke a little further based on Jon’s comment….and voila!

    While I didn’t have the menu he described, I had it buried a little further :

    Go to Control Panel > Mouse > Device Settings tab.
    Select the Synaptics device, and click Settings button.
    From left menu, select Edge Swipe.
    On next screen, there is only option to toggle…. Enable Swipe or Disable Swipe.

    Hope that helps someone

  18. Jake says

    Didn’t work for me. :( Running Windows8 64bit on LenovoZ580. Is there any other way? Charms bar is mightily irritating.

  19. Jon says

    Completely uncalled for. Go into Control Panel > Mouse > Click on the EdgeAction Tab – Unclick Left, Right and Top.

    Easy man and doesn’t require unnecessary registry edit.

    ( :

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