Windows 10 New Feature: 3 Finger Gestures for Precision Touchpads

Precision touchpads are a new kind of touchpad designed for laptops that run Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. Just like the Trackpad on those Mac machines, Precision touchpad supports multi-finger touch gestures and works the way just how you use your touch screen. With a touchpad like this on your laptop, you are just like having a touch screen on your keyboard.

Precision Touchpad demo

The precision touchpads on Windows 8.1 supports up to 2-finger gestures that operates just like how you do on touch screens. You can tap, slide, pinch, stretch, or swipe. You can even tap 2 fingers to simulate a right-click, which shows more commands for the app. or a context menu on the desktop.

Now with the new build 9860 of Windows 10, you get the 3-finger gestures for your precision touchpads.

  • 3 finger up – Task View
  • 3 finger down – Show Desktop
  • 3 finger flick to left or right – switches to previous app (go back 1)
  • 3 finger move left or right – Alt-Tab pops up and you can select the app you want (remove fingers to select)
  • 3 finger tap – Search

Pretty cool stuff. But how do you know if you have one precision touchpad equipped on your computer?

Go to PC Settings → PC and devices → Mouse and touchpad, you will see if you have one installed under Touchpad.

PC Settings - Precision Touchpad

I don’t have a laptop handy with precision touchpad installed so I haven’t got chance to test it out. If you do, please share from the discussion board below.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 11/27/2014

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