We all use the touchpad or trackpad every day to interact with computers. If you are running Windows 10 on a laptop or using an external trackpad with your desktop as well, we have some useful touchpad/trackpad tips and tricks to share with you.
Following are the six useful ticks and tricks for Windows 10 touchpad/trackpad users.
Enable the hidden precision touchpad gestures
All the touchpad gestures offered by Windows 10 might not be available on your laptop unless your laptop is equipped with the precision touchpad. In short, precision touchpad offers more touchpad gestures than the regular touchpads.
Using a workaround, you can enable the hidden precision touchpad gestures on laptops equipped with the regular touchpad as well. If you often use the touchpad gestures, you will love these additional touchpad gestures as well.
Refer to our how to enable the precision touchpad gestures on any Windows 10 laptop guide for step-by-step directions.
Auto turn off the touchpad when the mouse is connected
Laptop users often use an external mouse for a better experience. If you feel that your laptop’s touchpad is not great and would like to automatically disable it when a mouse is connected, you can do so with ease.
Refer to our how to automatically turn off the touchpad when the mouse is connected guide for instructions.
Change touchpad sensitivity
At times, while typing, the cursor accidentally moves to a different location because of the high sensitivity of the touchpad. In previous versions of Windows, we had to use third-party utilities to change the default sensitivity. Luckily, there is a built-in option in Windows 10 to change the touchpad sensitivity. Here is how to do that.
Step 1: Navigate to Settings app > Devices > Touchpad.
Step 2: In the Touchpad sensitivity section, select Medium or Low sensitivity to avoid moving cursors while typing.
Enable or disable the touchpad
If you always use an external mouse, you might want to disable the touchpad. Refer to our 3 ways to enable or disable the touchpad in Windows 10 guide to know all the ways out there to enable or disable the touchpad.
Change the scroll direction in touchpad
You know that when you place two fingers on the touchpad and scroll up, the page scrolls down. Many PC users like the other way around. That is, like in macOS, they want to see the page scroll down when they scroll down fingers on the touchpad.
Visit our how to change the scroll direction in Windows 10 guide to change the default scroll direction.
Turn off touchpad gestures you don’t like
If you are accidentally activating some touchpad gestures, you can turn them off with ease. There is more than a way to turn on or off touchpad gestures in Windows 10.
Follow the directions in our how to turn on or off touchpad gestures in Windows 10 guide to know all the way out there to enable or disable touchpad gestures.
Learn all trackpad gestures
There are about a dozen touchpad gestures in Windows 10, and most of them are very useful. If you are not using them, you are certainly not utilizing the power of your touchpad.
Visit our touchpad gestures in Windows 10 guide to know all the touchpad gestures available in Windows 10.
If you have issues with the touchpad, refer to the troubleshooting tips in our fix to touchpad not working in Windows 10 article.