Posted August 19, 2013 – 10:06 pm in: Windows 8.1
The context menu, the menu that appears when you right-click on a file/folder or anywhere on desktop or Windows Explorer (File Explorer) is one of the most used features of Windows. The context menu is usually accessed by clicking the right button on a mouse or by clicking the bottom-right area of a trackpad (some trackpads even include dedicated left and right buttons).
The trackpad in all models of Apple MacBook come with some fantastic trackpad gestures that for some reason not available in Windows powered laptops. Two finger scrolling and two finger tapping (to perform right-click action) are the two most useful trackpad gestures available on Mac laptops.
While users who have installed Windows on a Mac using Boot Camp can enable two finger scrolling and tapping with two fingers to perform right-click under Boot Camp settings, other users have very limited options.
If your laptop is equipped with Synaptics touchpad and you’re running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, you can easily enable two finger scrolling without using third-party tools. However, if you’re on Windows 7, you need to use a third-party tool called Two Finger Scroll to enable the feature.
In order to enable two finger tap gesture, you will have to use Two Finger Scroll tool again. Two Finger Scroll is a small utility designed to help you enable two-finger scrolling, two-finger tapping, and customize the default trackpad gestures in Windows.
The only catch with this tool is that your laptop must be using Synaptics touchpad. In other words, this tool might not work on laptops using touchpads other than Synaptics.
If you love the idea of tapping the trackpad with two fingers to perform right-click action, you can follow the given below instructions to enable two finger tapping in Windows with the help of Two Finger Scroll tool.
Even though Two Finger Scroll was last updated back in 2009, it’s compatible with all recent versions of Windows, including Windows 7, Windows 8, and the latest Windows 8.1.
How to enable two-finger tap for right-click in Windows:
Step 1: Head over to this page and download Two Finger Scroll zip file.
Step 2: Extract the zip file to get Two Finger Scroll executable file and double-click on the same to run it.
Step 3: Right-click on Two Finger Scroll system tray icon, make sure that the option titled Active is selected, and then click Settings to open TwoFingerScroll Settings dialog.
Step 4: Here, switch to Tapping tab, expand Two Fingers drop-down menu, and then select Right button option. Click Ok. That’s it!
From now on, simultaneously tapping two fingers on your trackpad will perform right-click action. For instance, when the mouse pointer is on the desktop, you can reveal the desktop context menu by simultaneously tapping two fingers on the trackpad.
As we have already mentioned, those of you running Windows on Mac using Boot Camp can enable two finger tap by opening Boot Camp Control Panel (right-click on Boot Camp icon running in system tray on taskbar) and then enabling Secondary tap option present under Trackpad tab.Tags: Tips