Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface 3, 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.


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.

Touchpad buttons on the earliest model Type Cover, Type Cover for Surface Pro 3, and Surface 3 Type Cover

Touchpad buttons on the earliest model Type Cover, Type Cover for Surface Pro 3, and Surface 3 Type Cover

Touchpad buttons on Touch Covers and Type Cover 2
Touchpad buttons on all other Typing Covers
  • The touchpad buttons on Type Cover, Type Cover for Surface Pro 3, and Surface 3 Type Cover 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 the delay before taps work, turn taps off, 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 Type Cover, Type Cover for Surface Pro 3, or Surface 3 Type Cover, 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 change touchpad settings to turn the touchpad on and off, reverse scrolling direction, turn gestures off and on, and more. How you’ll change your settings—in PC settings or using the Trackpad settings app—depends on which Surface model and which Cover you have. Not sure which Cover you have? See Find out which Surface keyboard you have.

Note

Touchpad settings can’t be changed in PC settings or using the Trackpad Settings app with the following combinations:

  • Touch Cover 2, Type Cover 2, Power Cover, Type Cover for Surface Pro 3, or Surface 3 Type Cover 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, Surface 3 Type Cover, or Power Cover
    • and

    • Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, or Surface 3

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

    Step 1: Attach the Cover to Surface.
    (If you have Wireless Adapter for Typing Covers, attach the Cover directly to Surface.)
    Step 2: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings.
    (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and click Settings.)
    Step 3: Tap or click Change PC settings, and 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
    • Have the touchpad 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, or turn off taps while retaining all other touchpad functions, as shown here:
    Set delay for touchpad taps, or turn them off

    Change touchpad settings in the Surface Trackpad Settings app

    If you have Touch Cover or Type Cover (early model) and Surface Pro or Surface RT, you can use the Surface Trackpad Settings app to change touchpad settings.

    The Surface Trackpad Settings app enables you to turn the touchpad on or off, reverse scrolling direction, turn gestures on or off, and more.

    To install the app:

    Step 1: Attach your Touch Cover or Type Cover to your 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, and tap or click Install.