How to customize the touchpad on Windows 11

How to customize the touchpad on Windows 11

Most laptops come with a touchpad that many computer users consider a simple alternative to a mouse. Most touchpads support more than just left-click, right-click, and scrolling. While it depends somewhat on the touchpad and its driver, many of them allow users to use two, three or four finger gestures, and other actions besides the basics.


Take my ASUS Zenbook touchpad on Windows 11 as an example. It comes with a toggle to turn it into a number pad, and supports zooming, multiple taps, three and four finger gestures among other things. You can configure these options in Windows 11 settings, and disable options you don’t need.

Configure your laptop’s touchpad on Windows 11

Select Start and then Settings to get started. You can also use the Windows-I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app faster. Switch to Bluetooth and Devices, and select Touchpad on the page that opens.

The Touchpad page in Settings lists all the available options, including an option to turn off the touchpad completely. The touchpad may not be needed if a mouse is connected to the device, and turning it off may prevent accidental touchpad activity.

You find an option to change the pointer speed at the top. If it is too slow or fast as you like, you can use the slider to speed it up or slow it down,

The remaining four options define actions, and must be expanded for configuration.

Configure touchpad taps

Taps is the first and all of its options are enabled by default. The four main actions are:

  • Tap with one finger to tap once.
  • Press the bottom right corner of the touchpad to right-click.
  • Two-finger click to right-click.
  • Double click and drag to select multiple.

The left and right click functions are essential, but there are two options for doing a right click. Uncheck any of the actions to disable them and avoid accidental activation. There is also an option to change the touchpad sensitivity from medium to low, high, or most. The first reduces sensitivity, and the other two increase it.

Zoom scroll touchpad

Scroll & Zoom is the second set of settings. All options are also enabled by default. The two main options configure the pinch to zoom in and drag with two fingers to scroll functions. These may be disabled if they are not needed.

Given that zooming in/out is very difficult without a mouse, most users may want to keep the zoom option enabled.

The third and final option under Scroll & Zoom sets the scroll direction. By default, swipe down moves up, but this can be changed to swipe down instead.

Touchpad Three four-finger gestures

The three- and four-finger gestures define five actions that are each performed when you move three or four fingers on the touchpad, or when you tap the correct number of fingers.

Both options are enabled by default and are very similar. Swipes up and down with three or four fingers open the multitasking view or show the desktop. Three-finger left or right swipes let users switch between apps, while four-finger gestures let them switch desktops instead.

Three-finger tap opens search, four-finger tap on Notification Center. Windows 11 includes options to customize functionality somewhat. Besides turning off actions completely, it is possible to toggle one set of actions to control the volume on the device. This allows users to increase or decrease the volume, or play the previous or next track.

Click actions include options to assign the middle mouse button or the play/pause function to it.

Main actions

The main actions of touchpads on Windows 11 go beyond the repetition of basic mouse functions. Left-click and right-click are essential, but other actions, including two-finger drag to scroll, pinch to zoom, or assign a three-finger click to the middle mouse button action are all useful.

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Configuration options give users some control over touchpad functions. Unwanted actions may be disabled to avoid accidental activation. It’s a bit unfortunate that Windows limits touchpad gestures to only a few; More customization options are sure to improve the feature for some users.

Now you: Touchpad or mouse, which do you prefer?

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How to customize the touchpad on Windows 11

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How to customize the touchpad on Windows 11

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A detailed guide on touchpad configuration options and actions available on devices running Microsoft Windows 11.

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Martin Brinkmann

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