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How to Change Touchpad Scroll Direction on Windows 10 Laptop

Windows 10 lets you change the two-finger scroll direction from Settings. Here are the steps to change the touchpad scroll direction on Windows 10.

On a laptop touchpad, you can scroll pages or content with a two-finger vertical swipe. This type of two-finger vertical scrolling is pretty much standard at this point on all Windows laptops. One of the main reasons being the gesture is very easy to use and ergonomic.

To make the scrolling gesture a bit more comfortable and customizable, Windows 10 offers two different scroll directions. So, if you don’t like the default vertical scrolling behavior, you can change it via the touchpad settings in the Settings app.

In this quick and simple article, let me take you through the steps to change the touchpad scroll direction on a Windows 10 laptop.

The steps shown here are only applicable for Windows 10 laptops with a precision touchpad. If your laptop doesn’t have a precision touchpad, you can still change the scroll direction with software provided by your laptop manufacturer.

How to change touchpad scroll direction

To change the touchpad two-finger scroll direction, follow the steps listed below.

  1. Open Windows 10 Settings app.
  2. Click on the “Devices” option.
  3. Select the “Touchpad” tab on the sidebar.
  4. Select the two-finger scroll direction under the “Scrolling direction” section.
  5. Settings are applied automatically.
  6. Close the Settings app.

Since the settings are saved automatically, you can see the changes instantly. In fact, you can check the scroll direction directing the settings page itself.

Detailed steps

The first thing you need to do is open the Settings app. To do that, press the “Windows key + I” keyboard shortcut or search for “Settings” in the Start menu.

In the Windows 10 Settings app, click on the “Devices” page. This is where most of your hardware device settings are available. In the Devices page, click on the “Touchpad” tab on the left sidebar. As you can tell from the name, this page hosts all the touchpad settings.

On the right page, scroll down and find the “Scroll and Zoom” section. Here, select the scroll direction from the “Scrolling direction” drop-down menu. As I said before, you have two choices. They are as follows:

  • Down motion scrolls up: This option is the default. When you swipe down vertically on the touchpad, the page will scroll up. This is similar to the touch screen gesture. i.e, when you swipe down on your screen, the page scrolls up.
  • Down motion scrolls down: When you swipe down vertically on the touchpad, the page will scroll down. You can think of this as inverted mouse scrolling. If you regularly invert the mouse axis, this is the option for you.
change touchpad scroll direction in Windows 10 Settings app

As soon as you select the option of your choice, the change is saved and applied automatically. You can test the new scroll direction directly in the settings app to get a feel. Once you are satisfied with the new setting, close the Settings app.

That is all. It is that simple to change the touchpad scroll direction in Windows 10. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.

A quick tip: Also, did you know that you can middle-click on touchpad with a three-finger gesture? Do check out the article to know how to do it.

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