How to use Touchpad Gestures in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to use touchpad gestures on laptops with Windows 11. A touch gesture is the physical action performed on a touchpad by one’s finger(s).

Touch gestures are like keyboard/mouse shortcuts for your your devices with touchpad. You can perform many actions using your fingers, including selecting items, showing all windows, switching desktops and many more actions can be performed with your fingers on your touchpad devices.

For example, tap the touchpad with three fingers to open Windows Search. Tap the touchpad with four fingers to open Calendar & Notifications. There are many more gestures that can be used to perform simple tasks on Windows 11.

Some of these gestures will only work with precision touchpads. To find out if your laptop has one, select Start Settings Bluetooth & devices  Touchpad.

Also, if your device’s touchpad is disabled or you want to enable it, read the post below.

How to disable or enable touchpad on Windows 11

Below we’ll provide you a list of touchpad gestures you can use for Windows 11 to get work done.

How to use touch gestures in Windows 11

As mentioned above, touch gestures will let you perform physical actions on a touchpad with your finger(s).

Note: When touch gestures are enabled, three- and four-finger interactions in your apps might not work. To continue using these interactions in your apps, turn off this setting.

Action Gestures
Select an item Tap touchpad
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

That should do it!


This post showed you how to use touch gestures with touchpad devices running Windows 11. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.