Can I Make My Microsoft Touchpad Like a Mac Touchpad?

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Apple offers a multitouch trackpad on its MacBook and MacBook Pro laptop computers. By default, this trackpad allows you to rotate or zoom images, scroll with two fingers on longer documents and Web pages, and open context menus by right-clicking with two fingers. Many of these features may already be available on your Microsoft Windows laptop's touchpad -- however, they may not be enabled.

Touchpad Properties

  • You can edit properties for your touchpad from the "Mouse Properties" screen in your Windows Control Panel. Typically, there is a tab on this screen that allows you to edit the touchpad. For example, it may say "Dell Touchpad" or display the Synaptics logo and say "Device Settings." If applicable, select your Synaptics device from the list and click the "Settings" button.

Touchpad Behavior

  • Your touchpad may be able to emulate some or all of the Apple trackpad features. If possible, enable two-finger scrolling, rotating and the three-finger flick, all of which are available on Synaptics devices. Note that when using Synaptics touchpad properties, you may have to check to enable the setting and then press the gear icon to enable further settings. After changing any settings, click "OK" or "Apply" to make them take effect.

Touchpad Gestures

  • Touchpad gestures are specific shapes or designs that you draw on your trackpad to open or close programs or perform other actions. Many laptops are equipped with Synaptics touchpads, which are capable of gestures. With the Synaptics Scrybe driver, you can enable gestures to open your email, browser or favorite social network. In addition to this, Scrybe allows you to copy, paste, undo and redo actions. Synaptics offers the Scrybe driver for free on its website for compatible trackpads. After installation, you must restart your computer to use the gestures.

Considerations

  • If you do not have an extra tab in your Mouse Properties screen, there may be an application on your computer that allows you to edit touchpad settings. For example, Dell computers sometimes have a "DellTPad" folder that contains an application for this purpose, or they may use the file "Apoint.exe." If no application exists, downloading the latest driver for your computer, from the manufacturer website, often adds this tab to your mouse settings screen.

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