Windows 11/10 has Mac-like gestures for the trackpad and touchpad. However, it seems like Apple’s Bootcamp doesn’t support them out of the box, and it isn’t very clear to use different gestures for the different OS when using the same machine. While I use Mac primarily for rendering videos using FCP, I also have Windows installed on the same machine. In this post, we will share how you can get the Trackpad Gesture Support in Windows 11/10 on MacBook.
How to Get MacBook like Trackpad Gesture in Windows 11/10
That’s where the legendary software Trackpad++ comes into the picture. This utility supports Windows 7 to Windows 11 for Apple’s multi-touch, and forces touch feature usually available on Macbook. It supports :
- 2-, 3- and 4-finger gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom, back / forward, middle mouse button emulation, new Windows® 8 gestures, and much more;
- Dramatically improved 2-finger scrolling experience: Mac® OS X Mavericks-similar (accelerated / natural) scrolling model implemented;
- Improved pointer ballistics (i.e., how the pointer speed depends on the finger speed; comes with six built-in optimal presets);
- Mac® OS X-like 3-finger dragging and classic ‘2-fingers with click’ dragging, option to increase the pointer speed when dragging;
- User-customizable option to ignore the accidental trackpad input when typing, and many more useful tweaks/enhancements;
- Trackpad++ Control Module for adjusting the trackpad settings
- Full, native support of Windows® 7 (32-bit / 64-bit), Windows® 8 / 8.1 (32-bit / 64-bit), and Windows® 10 (64-bit).
Before you download and install it, you should know that Windows is stringent on signed drivers and needs to install any third-party drivers. For Trackpad++, the developer has specifically asked to install another application, Power Plan Assistant, which does this job. Once installed, you will have the following settings right away to configure the gestures.
Download the software:
- First, Download and install Power Plan Assistant.
- Then Download & install Trackpad++
Installing Trackpad++ in Detail:
- Click to launch it, and it will ask if you are using Macbook Air or Macbook Pro. Select the one you are on. I use a Macbook Air. After this, the installer will ask which year your MacBook belongs to. So make sure to choose the correct version.
- One thing you need to be careful when installing the driver, that two warning popups up. One asks you to reboot the computer, while the second to install the driver. The second warning shows up when you say yes to reboot, and there is only 2 second between them. Make sure to act fast and say yes to red looking dialogue box before rebooting.
- The software, once installed, will get listed under Recently Added on Windows 10 Start menu.
Here you can configure four-finger gestures, three-finger gestures, and the usual two fingers gesture as well. You can configure to use the trackpad as a mouse as well. Make sure to Apply & save when you change anything.
The application is free to use, and the thing the developer needs is to keep the software updated. You can also donate to grab a key, which is more like a donation for the work done.
What are the supported Toiuchopad Gestures on Windows 11
Select an item
|Scroll||Place two fingers on the touchpad and slide horizontally or vertically|
|Zoom in or out||Place two fingers on the touchpad and pinch in or stretch out|
|Show more commands (like right-clicking)||Tap the touchpad with two fingers or press down in the lower-right corner|
|Show all open windows||Swipe with three fingers up on the touchpad|
|Show the desktop||Swipe with three fingers down on the touchpad|
|Switch between open apps or windows||Swipe with three fingers left or right on the touchpad|
|Switch desktops||Swipe with four fingers to the left or right on the touchpad|
How do I turn on touchpad gestures in Windows?
Go to Settings> Bluetooth & devices > Touch > Three- and four-finger touch gestures, and turn it on. If your laptop has precision touchpads, go to laptop has one, select Start > Settings > Devices > Touchpad and configure accordingly.
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