Using a precision touchpad

Precision touchpads are a new kind of touchpad designed for PCs that run Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. They're great for using a variety of touch gestures to get around your PC quickly.

How do I know if my PC has a precision touchpad?

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click Mouse and touchpad.

  3. If you see Your PC has a precision touchpad under the Touchpad section, your PC has a precision touchpad.

Watch a video of the touchpad gestures in action. (To view captions in your language, tap or click the Closed captioning button Closed captioning icon.)

Precision touchpad gestures

Gesture How to do it What it does
Gesture

Tap to click

How to do it

Tap on the touchpad.

What it does

Selects an item.

Gesture

Tap, tap-slide to highlight or drag

How to do it

Tap, and then quickly tap again and slide on the touchpad.

What it does

Highlights text, and drags and drops an item.

Gesture

Slide to scroll

How to do it

Place two fingers on the touchpad, and then slide.

What it does

Scrolls the page. Pages can scroll left and right, up and down, or both.

Gesture

Pinch or stretch to zoom

How to do it

Place two fingers on the touchpad and move them toward each other or away from each other.

What it does

Zooms in (stretch) or out (pinch) on the touchpad.

Gesture

Swipe for charms

How to do it

Swipe in from the right edge.

What it does

Opens the charms. Swipe again to hide the charms.

Gesture

Swipe for apps

How to do it

Swipe in from the left edge.

What it does

Opens a list of your recent apps. Tap the app you want, or tap outside the list to select the most recent app.

Gesture

Tap two fingers to right click

How to do it

Tap the touchpad with two fingers (or tap the lower-right corner).

What it does

Shows more commands for the app. Or on the desktop, it shows a context menu, similar to right-clicking.

To change precision touchpad settings

Precision touchpads come with several settings that aren't usually included with other touchpads. For example, you can turn off swiping in from the left or right edges, or reverse the scrolling direction. You can also adjust the length of time your touchpad stays off while you're typing so you can avoid accidentally tapping the touchpad with your thumb and moving the cursor. To change your touchpad settings, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)

  2. Tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click Mouse and touchpad.

  3. Change the settings you want.

Precision touchpad settings
Precision touchpad settings

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