Modern computing has definitely shifted from using a mouse to touch-based devices like touchscreens and touchpads. Windows 8.1 welcomed something called ‘Precision Touchpad’ which is nothing but a fancy name for better touchpads. Precision Touchpads are better in all kinds of performance. They are more accurate and support a lot more gestures than your normal everyday touchpads.
If you have recently purchased a laptop, most likely it should have a Precision Touchpad. Windows 11/10 offers great customizability and it comes with all new gestures that are supported by Precision Touchpads.
Precision Touchpad settings in Windows 11/10
This post aims to discuss the features offered by these touchpads and how to configure relevant gestures. To get started, first you need to check whether your device has a Precision Touchpad or not. Go to Settings and then into Devices, now select Touchpad from the left menu.
Now just below the main ‘Touchpad’ heading, you will find a line saying, ‘Your PC has a precision touchpad.’
If you do not find this line, then probably your PC does not come with a precision touchpad or you do not have the proper drivers installed. Check your manufacturer’s website for the latest drivers. You can also try replacing the default drivers with some other drivers that support these features but please carry it out at your own risk and proper precaution.
If you do not have the Precision Touchpad, you might not be able to use certain features discussed in this post.
With Precision Touchpads, there are the following gestures available which are discussed in detail as follows:
This section enables gestures like ‘Tap with two fingers to right-click’, ‘Tap twice and drag for multi-select’ and ‘Press the lower right corner of the touchpad to right-click’. You can control the touchpad tapping sensitivity and enable/disable all these gestures in this section.
Scroll and Pinch to Zoom
This section is most helpful and important as some users consider it difficult to scroll using a touchpad. Under this section, you can enable ‘Drag two fingers to scroll’ which is a much-needed feature. Moreover, you can invert the scrolling direction with respect to the above gesture. And finally, you can enable ‘Pinch to Zoom’ under this section. ‘Pinch to Zoom’ lets you use a familiar touchscreen based gesture on the touchpad.
Three-finger and Four-finger gestures
These are probably the best gestures that you can take advantage of. These gestures include swipes and taps. Both Swipes and Taps have a predefined domain from which you can choose the desired action. Either you can use them for multitasking or for controlling audio and volume of your device. I prefer using Three-finger gestures for multitasking and Four-finger gestures for media control. These gestures can also be disabled completely.
Similarly, for taps, you can assign an action for a list of available actions. You can ‘Search with Cortana’, mimic ‘Middle Mouse Button’, ‘Play/Pause’ content, open ‘Action Center’, or just set it to do nothing. I’ve been using three-finger tap to mimic the middle mouse button and four-finger gesture to play/pause videos and other content.
Like Windows 10, you can use the following gestures to get started with Precision Touchpads in Windows 11.
First, right-click the Start button on the Taskbar and choose settings from the list of options displayed therein. Alternatively, you can use Win+I keyboard shortcut to go to the settings window directly.
Next, select Bluetooth & devices from the side panel on the left.
Switch to the right pane and scroll down to the Touchpad heading.
Then, do the following.
Under the Taps heading of the Touchpad’s Gestures & interaction section, you can configure the following actions.
- Tap with a single finger to single click.
- Tap with 2 fingers to right-click.
- Tap twice to drag and multi-select, etc.
Similarly, you can place two fingers on the screen and slide horizontally or vertically to scroll it. Likewise, you pinch in or stretch out the screen by placing two fingers and dragging it inwards or outwards.
For Three-finger and Four-finger gestures
you can use 3 and 4 finger gestures for multitasking. For example,
- Swipe with three fingers up on the screen to show all open windows.
- Swipe with three fingers down on the screen to show the desktop.
- Swipe with three fingers to the left or right on the screen to switch to the last open app.
- Swipe with four fingers to the left or right on the screen to switch desktops.
What is precision Touchpad support?
In the simplest language, precision touchpad support is the support for touchpad gestures in Windows. It performs the same function as the mouse on a Desktop computer and also offers the ability to assign custom shortcuts to various mouse gestures.
How do I make my Touchpad more accurate?
You can make your Touchpad more accurate by adjusting its sensitivity. Simply head to the Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Touchpad.
Click Taps drop-down menu to adjust the sensitivity.
These are the Precision Touchpad Gestures Settings in Windows 11/10. We expect more customizability in the future with more types of actions available. Surely, these gestures improve the overall user experience and make it simpler to perform some actions. But remember that Precision Touchpads have been introduced recently so there might be a possibility that your device does not come with one.