Any way to customise trackpad gestures?

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  1. Nikhil

    Nikhil New Member

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    Is there any way to customise the trackpad gestures on the surface book?

    For example, a 3 finger tap opens Cortana (or action center if you wish), but can I change it to act as a middle click?

    Can I use a two finger swipe back to go back a page in Edge?

    Or a three finger drag to move windows around (like in OSX)?

    Is there any way (even third party extensions) to achieve this?

    Thanks so much for your help!
     
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    Hi - Autohotkey will let you alter taps (and keyboard mappings) quite easily, and runs with a low overhead.
    You can make the three finger tap do middle-click (which is my preferred option and works really well), and the remapping for Autohotkey for that is
    +#^F22::mouseclick, middle
    You can also to things like binding SHIFT+two-finger-tap to browser back, but unless you're a pianist too, the convenience is lost!
    If you've not used Autohotkey before, see the crash course in a prior post over here

    I haven't found a way to customise swipes, but I do find the three-finger swipe-up = task switcher to work quite well.
    For browser back/forward, I have gotten very accustomed to ALT+LEFTARROW or ALT+RIGHTARROW, which only require small move of your fingers off the touchpad.
     
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    Hey agt499, thanks heaps for your help!

    It is unfortunate that MS does not allow you to customise swipes, but the middle click trick using autokey worked like a charm!

    My browsing has sped up immensely thanks to you, so thanks again for the help!
     
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    You're welcome Nikhil - glad I could help.
    You're right that a first party setting to customise swipes would be great, and we can keep hoping (and discussing).
    Last week's change to allow better customisation of the pen buttons is one of an occasional but very welcome series of moves that makes me think that Microsoft are now paying real attention to some issues sometimes.
     

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