Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1.


Touchpad use and settings

Your Surface Typing Cover has a touchpad with two buttons that you can use like a mouse. Use touchpad gestures to do common tasks. Learn how to adjust touchpad settings for things like changing scroll direction or preventing the touchpad from responding to accidental touches.


Here's what you need to know about the touchpad:

Surface Typing Cover touchpad

Your Surface Typing Cover has a touchpad with right-click and left-click buttons that work like the buttons on a mouse. The touchpad supports a variety of gestures.

Surface Cover touchpad right-click and left-click buttons on Type Cover v.1 and Surface Pro 3 Type Cover
Touchpad buttons on the earliest model of Type Cover and on Type Cover for Surface Pro 3
Surface Cover touchpad right-click and left-click buttons
Touchpad buttons on all other Typing Covers
  • The touchpad buttons on Type Cover and Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 click when you press them.

  • The touchpad buttons on Touch Cover, Touch Cover 2, Type Cover 2 and Power Cover are flat and don’t move when you press them.

  • Press the button firmly to click. A quick tap is interpreted as a touchpad gesture.

Tip
To keep accidental touches from making the cursor jump while you’re typing, you can set a brief delay, or turn the touchpad off. See Change the touchpad settings to learn how.

Touchpad gestures

Here are some of the gestures you can use on your touchpad. Except as noted, these gestures work with all Surface Typing Covers.

* For Touchpad buttons on the first model of Type Cover, or Type Cover for Surface Pro 3, you can press anywhere except the right-click button area.
** Tap-tap-drag isn’t available on Surface RT with Type Cover 2 or Touch Cover 2.
*** Pinch or stretch is available on Touch Cover 2 and on Type Cover 2 or later, but isn’t supported on Surface RT.

Change the touchpad settings

You can turn the touchpad on and off, reverse scrolling direction, turn gestures off and on, and more. How you do so depends on which Surface and which Cover you are using. Not sure which Cover you have? See Find out which Surface keyboard you have.

Note

Touchpad settings are not available in either PC Settings or the Trackpad Settings app with the following combinations:

  • Touch Cover 2, Type Cover 2, Power Cover, or Type Cover for Surface Pro 3 with Surface RT
  • Touch Cover or Type Cover (early models) with Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2

Change touchpad settings in PC Settings

To change touchpad settings in PC Settings, you’ll need:

  • Touch Cover 2, Type Cover 2, Type Cover for Surface Pro 3, or Power Cover
  • Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 or Surface Pro 3
Note
Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers does not support touchpad settings in PC settings.

Here’s how to change touchpad settings in PC settings:

Step 1:  Attach the Cover to Surface.
Step 2:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Settings.)
Step 3:  Tap or click Change PC settings, then tap or click PC and devices.
Step 4:  Tap or click Mouse and touchpad.
Step 5:  Adjust your settings under Touchpad.

You can make some or all of these adjustments, depending on which model Surface and Typing Cover you have:

  • Turn the touchpad on or off
  • Get the touchpad to turn off when you’re using a mouse
  • Turn off the gestures for swiping from the left or right edge
  • Change the scrolling direction
  • Turn off the right click button
  • Turn off the tap-tap-drag (tap and a half) gesture.
  • Set a delay to ignore accidental touches, as shown here:
Adjusting touchpad settings

Change touchpad settings in the Surface Trackpad Settings app

To change touchpad settings using the Surface Trackpad Settings app, you’ll need:

  • Touch Cover or Type Cover (early model)
  • Surface Pro or Surface RT

To install the app:

Step 1:  Attach the Touch Cover or Type Cover to Surface RT or Surface Pro.
Step 2:  On the Start screen, tap or click Store to open the Windows Store.
Step 3:  In the search box, enter Trackpad Settings.
Step 4:  Tap or click Surface Trackpad Settings, then tap or click Install.
After the app is installed, use the app to turn the touchpad on and off, reverse scrolling direction, turn gestures off and on, and more.