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How to Enable Two-Finger Scroll on Windows Laptops

Simon Batt Updated 05-06-2020

Are you swiping at your Windows 10 laptop and wondering why the two-finger scroll isn’t working? There are a few ways to fix this problem, from enabling the setting to ensuring your drivers are working as they should.

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Let’s explore some easy ways to enable a double-finger scroll in Windows 10.

Enabling the Two-Finger Scroll Option

First of all, before we do anything technical, it’s a good idea to double-check that the setting for a two-finger scroll is enabled. We don’t want to mess around with drivers if the solution is as easy as ticking a checkbox!

To check if the setting is enabled, click on the Start button, followed by the “Settings” option.

Selecting the settings option in the Start menu

Click on “Devices.”

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Selecting the Devices category in the settings

Finally, click on “Touchpad” on the left.

Selecting the Touchpad category

You’re now in the Windows 10 touchpad settings. You may see a lot of options here, and you should give them all a look-over when you have the time.

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If your laptop has a precision touchpad, for example, it unlocks a lot of gestures you can perform. To check if you have one, look at the top of the touchpad window to see if it says “Your PC has a precision touchpad.”

Showing the message that the user has a precision touchpad

If you have one, you gain access to a lot of settings that let you get the most out of your touchpad How to Get the Most Out of Your Touchpad in Windows 10 Your Windows 10 laptop touchpad has potential beyond being a poor mouse replacement. We'll show you how to set it up to use smart touch gestures with up to four fingers. Read More . For now, however, let’s focus on double-finger scrolling.

To activate it, scroll through the window until you see the category “Scroll and Zoom.” Underneath that is a checkbox labeled “Drag two fingers to scroll.” If it’s unchecked, go ahead and check it.

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The checkbox to enable two-finger scrolling

Now you should be able to use two fingers to scroll through webpages and documents.

Customizing the Two-Finger Scroll

You can also set which direction the page will scroll when you swipe. Underneath the checkbox you just ticked is a drop-down menu called “Scrolling direction.” You can set this to one of two options.

The options for scrolling direction in Windows 10

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“Downward motion scrolls down” feels like you’re controlling the page’s scroll bar with your fingers. When you move your fingers down, the page moves down, like when you click and hold the scroll bar.

“Downward motion scrolls up,” on the other hand, feels like you’re physically touching and dragging the page up and down with your fingers. Play around with both settings to find the one that feels natural to you.

Update or Roll Back the Touchpad’s Driver

If the above steps do not work, or the checkbox is already ticked when you check it, there’s still hope. The problem may not be with Windows 10’s settings, but instead with the touchpad’s driver.

Try to remember if this problem began after you installed new drivers. If they did, rolling back the new drivers will fix it. If you haven’t downloaded them in a long time, or you’re on a brand-new Windows 10 laptop, you should try installing new drivers.

How to Install New Touchpad Drivers

To install a new driver, look up the manufacturer for your laptop. Then, head on over to their website and hunt down the driver download page. You’ll need your laptop model name or model number on-hand so you can find the right drivers.

Once you find your laptop’s driver download page, install the latest touchpad driver, then restart your laptop.  If you still can’t scroll with two fingers, ensure the option hasn’t turned itself off in the Windows 10 settings during the reinstallation.

How to Roll Back the Touchpad’s Drivers

If you recently updated your drivers and your two-finger scroll broke immediately afterward, rolling back to the drivers you used before should fix the problem. To do this, click the Start button, then type “device manager.” Then, press Enter.

Accessing the Device Manager

Expand the category called “Human Interface Devices,” right-click your touchpad drivers, then click “Properties.”

Accessing a touchpad's driver properties in the Device Manager

Go to the “Driver” tab, then click “Roll Back Driver.”

Rolling back a touchpad driver

If the button is greyed out, it may be because your computer has already cleaned up the old driver. As such, it’s best to try to find a download link to the old driver and re-install it. Some manufacturers let you select from a history of drivers, which is useful in cases such as these.

Double-Check for Manufacturer Software

If none of the above work, you may have manufacturer software installed that took over the touchpad’s settings. This software is likely to have its own setting for two-finger scrolling.

There’s no single way to check for third-party software; you’ll have to do some digging through your laptop’s programs. If you do find a touchpad settings program, see if you can enable two-finger scrolling through it. If not, try updating the program or even uninstalling it to see if that fixes the issue.

How to Enable or Disable Two-Finger Scrolling in Inactive Windows

Did you know that you can scroll in an inactive window using two fingers? For example, if you’re typing away in a document, you can move your cursor over the website you’re researching and use two-finger scrolling to continue down the text without clicking in the window.

This is a handy feature if you dislike having to click between windows all the time; on the other hand, some people prefer the scroll to only affect the window that you’re currently working in. Regardless of your stance, you can easily enable or disable this feature.

First, go to the Devices settings page as we covered above. Now, instead of clicking Touchpad on the left, click “Mouse.”

Selecting the mouse category in the device settings

Find the toggle that says “Scroll inactive windows when I hover over them” and set it on or off, depending on preference.

Toggling inactive window scrolling on or off

Making Your Touchpad Do More

Laptop touchpads can do a lot, especially if you own a precision touchpad. Two-finger scrolling is helpful and easy to enable, so give it a try.

Now that you’re becoming more familiar with your touchpad’s features, why not learn all the essential touchpad gestures in Windows 10 18 Essential Touch Gestures in Windows 10 Touch gestures are like keyboard shortcuts for your touchpad and touchscreen. And with Windows 10, they have finally become useful! We'll show you how to access the full potential of touch gestures. Read More !

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  1. jhkjdfsk
    June 3, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    This is built into the latest synaptic software . . . just update to the newest versions directly from the website and enable the feature . . . this is unnecessary to have two programs running that do the same thing.

  2. Rose
    March 29, 2010 at 8:22 am

    My 1993 laptop does this with one finger. Nothing new or amazing and you don't need to waste or time downloading/buying this.

    • Teguh Aditya
      April 5, 2010 at 5:11 pm

      Yes, it is a 'standart' now. but the idea of this article is how to do 'two finger' scrolling like you usually found on mac machines.

  3. wahid
    March 28, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Got the same message "Class not registered".. no idea

  4. Krum
    March 28, 2010 at 2:28 am

    i have a dell vostro with vista basic and when i tried to install this it shows me some error saying "Class not registered, ClassID: {9C042297-D1CD-4F0D-B1AB-9F48AD6A6DFF} "
    Does anyone knows why its happening?? Plz help!

    • snoman
      June 4, 2010 at 7:18 pm

      I got the same message on my Dell XPS M1530. No idea how to fix it...

    • user
      May 8, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      i got the same message too on my hp pavilion :(

  5. mohamed
    March 25, 2010 at 6:44 am

    my acer aspire has the pinch and swiping feature

  6. ldar
    March 24, 2010 at 11:05 am

    At ASUS X50 was unable to establish(((

  7. Nicola
    March 24, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Ubuntu do this from v9.04. It is very usefull!

  8. JBu92
    March 24, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Even most asus EeePC laptops have a few multitouch gesture capabilities from the get-go.
    two-finger scroll/middle click, zooming, rotation, magnifying, 3-finger prev/next page. and the hardware is elantech, not synaptic

  9. l3utterfish
    March 24, 2010 at 4:19 am

    I got an error message when i click the file in my Vaio VGN-AR21S

    • snoman
      June 4, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      I got the same thing on my Dell XPS M1530

  10. l3utterfish
    March 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I got an error message when i click the file in my Vaio VGN-AR21S

  11. Dr Phil Good
    March 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Never tried this before but my linux laptop (LG P1 running Mint KDE) does this. Although I dont know if I'll ever use it as I am so used to the trackpad side scroll.

  12. Sean
    March 23, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    The asus N61VN that I bought recently has a multi touch trackpad, and it recognises up to 3 fingers for gestures.

  13. Lisa
    March 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Both my ASUS netbook (Jolicloud) and laptop (Win 7) already do this. No third party application or Mac required.

    Cheers!

    • Dan
      January 31, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      My Latitude D420 will do it, both vertically and horizontally when running Linux, but when I boot into Windows it cannot. What has that got to do with Synaptics firmware?

  14. Zaid Pirwani
    March 23, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Great stuff.... as always....

    by the way, what is a SYNAPTIC TOUCHPAD

    • David
      March 23, 2010 at 11:52 am

      Synaptics produces the touchpad (mouse) hardware for a large portion of PC laptops. I think 3 out of 4 that I've owned were Synaptics.