Devices Change Touchpad Four-finger Tap Gesture in Windows 11


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If your Windows 11 device (ex: laptop) has a built-in precision touchpad, you can change the four-finger swipe gestures to do nothing, open search, open Notification center, Play/pause, or middle mouse button.

This tutorial will show you how to change the touchpad four-finger tap gesture for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Change Touchpad Four-finger Tap Gesture in Settings
  • Option Two: Change Touchpad Four-finger Tap Gesture using REG file
  • Option Three: Change Touchpad Four-finger Advanced Tap Gesture in Settings




Option One

Change Touchpad Four-finger Tap Gesture in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Bluetooth & devices on the left side, and click/tap on Touchpad on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Touchpad_four-finger_gestures-1.png

3 Click/tap on Four-finger gestures to expand it open. (see screenshot below step 4)

4 Select Nothing, Open search (default), Notification center, Play/pause, or Middle mouse button for what you want in the Taps drop menu. (see screenshot below)

Touchpad_four-finger_tap_gesture-2.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Change Touchpad Four-finger Tap Gesture using REG file


1 Do step 2 (Nothing), step 3 (Open search), step 4 (Notification center), step 5 (Play/pause), or step 6 (Middle mouse button) below for what you want.

2 Change Touchpad Four-finger Tap Gesture to "Nothing"

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.​

Change_touchpad_four-finger_tap_gesture_to_Nothing.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PrecisionTouchPad]
"FourFingerTapEnabled"=dword:00000000

3 Change Touchpad Four-finger Tap Gesture to "Open search"

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.​

Change_touchpad_four-finger_tap_gesture_to-Open_Search.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PrecisionTouchPad]
"FourFingerTapEnabled"=dword:00000001

4 Change Touchpad Four-finger Tap Gesture to "Notification center"

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.​

Change_touchpad_four-finger_tap_gesture_to_Notification_center.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PrecisionTouchPad]
"FourFingerTapEnabled"=dword:00000002

5 Change Touchpad Four-finger Tap Gesture to "Play/pause"

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.​

Change_touchpad_four-finger_tap_gesture_to_Play-pause.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)​
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PrecisionTouchPad]
"FourFingerTapEnabled"=dword:00000003

6 Change Touchpad Four-finger Tap Gesture to "Middle mouse button"

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 7 below.​

Change_touchpad_four-finger_tap_gesture_to_Middle_mouse_button.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PrecisionTouchPad]
"FourFingerTapEnabled"=dword:00000004

7 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

8 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

9 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

10 Restart the computer to apply.

11 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.




Option Three

Change Touchpad Four-finger Advanced Tap Gesture in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Bluetooth & devices on the left side, and click/tap on Touchpad on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Touchpad_four-finger_gestures-1.png

3 Click/tap on Advanced gestures. (see screenshot below)

Touchpad_advanced_gestures-2.png

4 Under Configure four-finger gestures, select the action you want in the Tap gesture drop menu. (see screenshot below)

Touchpad_advanced_gestures-4.png

5 You can now close Settings if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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