Surface touchpad use and settings

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.

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.

Note: To keep accidental touches from making the cursor jump while you’re typing, you can set the delay before taps work, turn taps off, or turn the touchpad off. See Change the touchpad settings to learn how.

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.

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