Windows 10/8 started the touch era of Desktop operating systems and it uses Synaptics as the default touchpad. The same touchpad has continued to work in updates as well i.e. Windows 10/8.1.
If you’re using a touch disabled or non-touch laptop, then there are no issues for you; whether the Synaptics touchpad work or not. But when you’re using a touch device such as a tablet or touch-enabled laptop, then incorrect settings for Synaptics touchpad may prevent you from using your operating system correctly, and you may find that your two-finger right-click is not working on Windows 10/8.1
Recently, we came around an issue with touch devices, that the two-finger right-click didn’t work perfectly on them. For some scenarios, it could be a hardware issue. But in most cases, incorrect registry entries for default Synaptics touchpad is behind this problem. If you too are facing this issue, then please try first to update your touchpad drivers from the device manufacturer’s website. If that doesn’t help, then follow this tutorial:
Two Finger Right Click Not Working in Windows
1. Press Windows Key + R combination, type put regedit in Run dialog box and hit Enter to open the Registry Editor.
2. Navigate here:
3. In the right pane of this location as shown in the above window, make sure the configuration data contains the following values. If any DWORD (REG_DWORD) or registry string (REG_SZ) not containing the below-mentioned value, you can double click on same to modify its Value data.
- 2FingerTapAction – 2 for making right click work, 4 for middle click
- 2FingerTapPluginID – Clear existing value, this should be empty
- 3FingerTapPluginID – Clear existing value, this should be empty
- MultiFingerTapFlags – Change the value from 2 to 3
- 3FingerTapAction – 4
- 3FingerTapPluginActionID – 0
After making sure that every value is correct, you can close the Registry Editor and reboot the machine to get make changes effective.
Hope this helps!