In 14965 and later builds of Windows 10, there is a new feature called virtual touchpad. The virtual touchpad is helpful for tablet or touch device users to control the content on the external display without having to connect a physical mouse or touchpad.
The built-in virtual touchpad in Windows 10
When enabled, the virtual touchpad appears at the lower right-bottom on your Windows 10 device, and you can use it to control the secondary display right from your Windows 10 device. As of now, Windows 10 doesn’t allow you to move the virtual touchpad to other areas of the screen.
The virtual touchpad is handy for touch device users who often connect to external monitors. With this built-in virtual touchpad feature, users can enable and use the virtual touchpad in Windows 10 without installing third-party tools.
For those who don’t know, there have been third-party tools to enable virtual touchpad in Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 running on touch input supported devices. Appymouse is a decent virtual touchpad for Windows operating system.
Turn on the virtual touchpad in Windows 10
With default settings, the virtual touchpad is not enabled. Here is how to add a virtual touchpad button to Windows 10 taskbar and enable the virtual touchpad.
Step 1: Touch and hold on the empty spot on the taskbar and then tap Show touchpad button option to add a virtual touchpad button to the notification area.
Step 2: Tap the virtual touchpad button in the notification area of the taskbar to enable and begin using the virtual touchpad. That’s it!
Tap on the virtual touchpad button again to turn it off.
Customize virtual touchpad in Windows 10
Once the virtual touchpad is turned on and open, you can configure its settings like physical touchpad under the Settings app. Here is how to customize and tweak virtual touchpad.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Step 2: Tap Devices.
Step 3: Tap Touchpad.
Step 4: Turn on or off virtual touchpad settings here. All settings will be automatically saved.