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Two Finger Scroll Adds Gestures To Windows Laptops

TwoFingerScroll is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that adds new finger gestures to Windows devices with touchpads.

Touchpads on laptops running Windows are limited when it comes to finger gestures that the touchpad accepts.

That's unlike touchpads on Mac devices that offer additional possibilities that Windows users until now were not able to use.

Note: The situation improved significantly with the release of Windows 8 and Windows 10. The tool reviewed below may still be useful under certain circumstances, for instance on older devices.

Two Finger Scroll tries to change that by adding new capabilities to Synaptics touchpads. The portable software program just needs to be executed for the new functionality to become available.

Most laptops have Synaptics touchpads which means that Two Finger Scroll should work on most that are sold with Windows.

TwoFingerScroll

The software program adds two features to Windows devices with touchpads currently that add new touch actions to the device.

The following two features are supported by the latest program version:

  • Two finger scrolling - scroll vertically by sliding two fingers anywhere on the TouchPad
  • Two finger tapping - tap with two fingers to simulate a selected mouse button

The application places an icon in the Windows System Tray area on startup that indicates that the program is running. You may also use it to change the program's configuration:

A right-click and the selection of Settings from the context menu displays the settings of the software program.

It is here that you may define specific scrolling settings.

  • Scroll Type: Off, linear, linear and keep scrolling on edges.
  • Scroll Mode: Compatible, Smooth, Smart
  • Settings: Speed and Acceleration

The tapping menu offers additional options to configure tapping related activities. You may map certain tap actions, like tapping with three fingers, to mouse buttons to simulate clicks this way.

Two Finger Scroll adds the functionality to the Windows laptop without installing new drivers for the touchpad. That is its greatest strength. The portable software program can be downloaded from the Codeplex website of the project. (via Lifehacker)

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  1. libeco said on March 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm
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    Does this work for all Synaptics touchpads, or only the newer multitouchpads?

  2. prupert said on March 19, 2010 at 5:11 pm
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    Man, these devs are brave, aren’t they worried that Apple is going to sue them for using a: “Touch Screen Device, Method, And Graphical User Interface For Determining Commands By Applying Heuristics” ;)

  3. CrunchBang said on March 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm
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    Thank you but before installing it I suggest to check latest Synaptics touchpad driver that contain “Gesture Suite” and correct me if I’m wrong but “Gesture Suite” contains all of the options mentioned in the article.
    http://www.synaptics.com/solutions/technology/gestures/touchpad

    Latest driver download:
    http://www.synaptics.com/support/drivers

    Regards

    1. CrunchBang said on March 19, 2010 at 7:16 pm
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      I would like to ask Martin/Jack or any of your readers on how to enable two finger mouse scrolling in Ubuntu? (Karmic), Compaq 610 Laptop.
      So far every time I touch the pad with two fingers cursor goes crazy.
      I did some google search but couldn’t find anything on how to edit synclient for this purpose.

      Thx in advance!

      1. CrunchBang said on March 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm
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        edit: not two finger “mouse” scrolling but two finger touchpad scrolling.

  4. MartinDK said on March 19, 2010 at 10:08 pm
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    Sweet feature!
    I have been yearning for this ever since I first saw it on a Mac.
    Too bad my HP has an ALPS touchpad which sucked plenty compared to its Synaptics brethren even before being increasingly outdone by this additional feature ;-(

  5. avery kucan said on November 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm
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    it works on all synaptic trackpads, even old ones that do not support 2 finger scrolling. the driver limets its capibil;ity, so it will still work

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