Surface touchpad use and settings

Applies to: Surface DevicesWindows 10Windows 8.1

Your Surface Type Cover has a touchpad with two buttons that you can use like a mouse. Use gestures on the touchpad to do things like scroll up and down, zoom in, and select items. You can also adjust settings to prevent the touchpad from responding to accidental touches and more.

Surface touchpad


If your Surface has a touchpad, it has right-click and left-click buttons that work like the buttons on a mouse.

Press the touchpad firmly to click. A quick tap is interpreted as a touchpad gesture. To learn more about gestures, see Try the latest touchpad gestures.

Use touchpad gestures


If your Surface has a touchpad, it has right-click and left-click buttons that work like the buttons on a mouse.

Press the touchpad firmly to click. A quick tap is interpreted as a touchpad gesture. To learn more about gestures, see Try the latest touchpad gestures.

Get started with touchpad gestures

Here are some of the gestures you can use on your touchpad. These gestures work with all Surface Type Covers and the Surface models that have a touchpad.

Do this  If you want to

Press down on the left side of your touchpad

  • Press to click
  • Select an item
  • Left-click like on a mouse
Press down on the right side of your touchpad
  • Press to right-click
  • Open app commands in Windows apps or a context menu in desktop apps
  • Right-click like on a mouse
Tap one finger anywhere on the touchpad
  • Select an item
  • Left-click like on a mouse
Tap two fingers anywhere on the touchpad
  • Open app commands in Windows apps or a context menu in desktop apps
  • Right-click like on a mouse
Drag your finger on the touchpad
  • Moves the cursor
Swipe three fingers up on the touchpad
  • Display your virtual desktop
Press and hold the left touchpad button down and then slide a finger in any direction
  • Move an item or select text
  • Like moving a mouse while you hold down the left button
Tap, immediately tap and hold, then drag
  • Move an item or select text
  • Like moving a mouse while you hold down the left button
Slide two fingers horizontally or vertically
  • Scroll though a screen or document
  • Like dragging the scroll button on the screen, or using a scroll wheel on a mouse
Pinch your thumb and forefinger together or move them apart
  • Zoom in or out
  • Like the gestures on your touchscreen

 

Change the touchpad settings


You can change touchpad settings to turn the touchpad on and off, reverse scrolling direction, turn gestures on and off, and more.

  1. Attach your Surface to its keyboard or Type Cover.
  2. Go to Start  > Settings  > Devices  > Touchpad.
  3. Adjust your settings under Touchpad.