The context menu, the menu that appears when you right-click on a file/folder or anywhere on the 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 comes with some fantastic trackpad gestures that for some reason not available in all Windows-powered laptops. Two-finger scrolling and two-finger tapping (to perform right-click action) are the two most useful trackpad gestures available on all 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 10 or Windows 8.1, you can easily enable two-finger scrolling without using third-party tools.
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 10 and earlier versions.
Method 1 of 3
Enable two-finger tap via Settings in Windows 10
Use this method if your touchpad supports two-finger right click out of the box.
Step 1: Open the Settings app. Navigate to Devices > Touchpad page.
Step 2: Under the Taps section, check the option labeled Tap with two fingers to right-click option.
Method 2 of 3
Enable two-finger tap via the touchpad control panel
Step 1: On your Windows 10 PC, navigate to Settings > Devices > Touchpad. Click the Additional settings link to open the touchpad control panel.
Step 2: Switch to the Tap/Click tab (the tap name might be different on some PCs).
Step 3: Look for a Two-finger tap or similar option and select the same to turn on the two-finger tap option.
Method 3 of 3
Enable two-finger tap for right-clicking in Windows
If your laptop doesn’t support the two-finger tap feature out of the box, you can use the Two-Finger Scroll tool to enable the feature. 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.
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 10.
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 the TwoFingerScroll Settings dialog.
Step 4: Here, switch to the Tapping tab, expand the Two Fingers drop-down menu, and then select the 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 the system tray on the taskbar) and then enabling Secondary tap option present under Trackpad tab.