Surface touchpad use and settings

Applies to: Surface DevicesWindows 10Windows 8.1

Your Surface Typing Cover has a touchpad with two buttons that you can use like a mouse. Use touchpad gestures to do common tasks. Learn how to adjust touchpad settings for things like changing scroll direction or preventing the touchpad from responding to accidental touches.

Surface touchpad


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

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

 

Touchpad gestures


Here are some of the gestures you can use on your touchpad. Except as noted, these gestures work with all Surface Typing Covers and the Surface Book keyboard.

Left touchpad button
  • Press to click
  • Selects an item
  • Like left-click on a mouse
Right touchpad button
  • Press to right-click
  • Opens app commands in Windows apps or a context menu in desktop apps
  • Like right-click on a mouse
Tap one finger anywhere on the touchpad
  • Selects an item
  • Like left-click on a mouse
Tap two fingers anywhere on the touchpad
  • Opens app commands in Windows apps or a context menu in desktop apps
  • Like right-click on a mouse
Drag your finger on the touchpad
  • Moves the cursor
  • Like moving a mouse
Swipe three fingers up on the touchpad
  • Displays your virtual desktops
  • Like swiping in from the right side of the screen
Press and hold the left touchpad button down and then slide a finger in any direction
  • Moves an item or selects text
  • Like moving a mouse while you hold down the left button
Tap, immediately tap and hold, then drag
  • Moves an item or selects text
  • Like moving a mouse while you hold down the left button
Slide two fingers horizontally or vertically
  • Scrolls 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
  • Zooms 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 the Cover to your Surface or the keyboard to your Surface Book. (If you have a Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers, attach the Cover directly to your Surface.)
  2. Go to Start , and select Settings > Devices > Touchpad.
  3. Adjust your settings under Touchpad.

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