Fix: Touchpad Gestures Not Working In Windows 10

 

Windows 10 offers over ten touchpad gestures. In addition to the standard tap to click, slide to scroll, and pinch to zoom gestures, there are other gestures like three finger swipe to show desktop, and three finger tap to see action center.

While these gestures are handy for all users to navigate quickly, we often hear users complaining that one or more touchpad gestures are not working.

Fix: Touchpad Gestures Not Working In Windows 10

If one or more touchpad gesture is not working on your Windows 10 laptop, you can use the following solutions to make touchpad gestures work again on your Windows 10 laptop.

NOTE: If the touchpad is not working, refer to our fix to touchpad not working in Windows 10 article.

Check if other gestures are working

Some of the gestures require a precision touchpad to work. So, if your laptop is not equipped with a precision touchpad, some gestures might not work. If only one or two gestures are not working, it’s likely because your laptop doesn’t have a precision touchpad.

You can navigate to Settings > Devices > Touchpad section to check if your laptop has a precision touchpad.

Check if touchpad driver is installed

Gestures don’t work unless the correct touchpad driver is installed on your PC. If you have not installed the touchpad driver yet, download it from the manufacturer’s website and install it right now.

Check if gestures are turned off

There are provisions in Windows 10 to turn on or off individual gestures. We suggest you check if you accidentally turned off one or more gestures.

Refer to our how to turn on or off gestures in Windows 10 guide for step-by-step directions.

Disable and then enable the touchpad

Disabling and then enabling the touchpad might make gesture work again. You can go through our three ways to enable or disable the touchpad in Windows 10 guide for instructions.

Reinstall the touchpad driver

Touchpad gestures might not be working on your PC because either the touchpad driver is corrupted or one of its files is missing. Reinstalling the touchpad driver is the best way to address the issue. To reinstall the touchpad driver:

Step 1: Open Device Manager. Expand Mice and other pointing devices to see your touchpad’s entry.

Step 2: Right-click on the touchpad entry and then click Uninstall device option.

Step 3: When you get the following prompt, select Delete the driver software for this device option and then click Uninstall button to uninstall the touchpad driver.

Reboot your PC once.

Step 4: Download the latest version of the touchpad driver from your PC manufacturer’s website and then install the same.

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