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Enabling two finger tap to rightclick – Windows 10

If you have updated your laptop from windows 8.1 to 10 and you were using two finger tap gesture for rightclick,

You must have noticed that updated drivers for touchpad don’t have option to enable two finger tap to rightclick.

Even if you are not using two finger tap gesture, you should enable it. It’s faster than using physical buttons.

There is always a way 😉

This tutorial is for DELL laptops running synaptics touch drivers and Lenovo ElanTech, synaptics drivers.

All you have to do is to edit some registry keys.

Be careful while editing.

Some of the latest laptops like Dell 5559 already have this gesture enabled, as these laptops don’t use separate driver software.

What is registry key?

1. Opening Registry Editor AKA RegEdit

Open **Run ** Win + R and run regedit.

We will backup the current registry key for touchpad drivers.

2. Stop the running driver software

In order to make changes in registry key of driver software, we have to kill the it.

Ctrl + Shift + Esc It will open task manager from there, End all tasks named Synaptics, ElanTech, Touchpad.

For Synaptics Drivers

  • In regedit navigate
(where _**XXXXXX**_ is model of touchpad)
  • File -> Export save the file
  • Open the key 2FingerTapAction
  • Change Hexadecimal value to 2

Synaptics Rightclick RegEdit

For ElanTech Drivers

  • In regedit navigate
  • File -> Export save the file
  • Open the key Tap_Two_Finger, change the Hexadecimal value to 1
  • Open the key Tap_Two_Finger_Enable, change the Hexadecimal value to 1

ElanTech Rightclick Regedit

Once you finish editing log out and login again, two finger tap to rightclick gesture should be working now…

Both left and right hardware buttons are safe now 😛

Comment down below if you have different drivers, registry keys I will try to help.


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Abhinav Shirur on Tue Jul 5, 2016 21:06 IST

Any similar cool thing that can work on my laptop? #HP #Windows8.1 #INTEL-HD :thumbs_down:

bhavin192 on Tue Jul 5, 2016 22:29 IST
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Vojtěch Míček on Sat Apr 1, 2017 18:42 IST

Thank you so much, I try to solve it for 2 weeks and finally this work like a charm. Only difference is that I must reboot computer instead to log out and in.

bhavin192 on Sun Apr 2, 2017 00:40 IST
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Glad to know that :)

Justin Lee on Sat Aug 4, 2018 04:35 IST

Just wanted to post saying thank you for this. I recently got a Lenovo y520 that had the right click gesture disabled for some reason, and it was a little annoying to use without a mouse because the trackpad buttons on this machine are terrible. Now that I enabled it, I can actually work somewhat efficiently on it without a mouse!

smayRstgi on Sun Sep 8, 2019 11:13 IST

I have a Dell PC, with Synaptics trackpad, and the 2FingerTapAction hexa value was set to 2, yet the 2 tap doesn't result in a right click.NOTE: ALL OTHER FUNCTIONS ARE WORKING OF THE TRACKPAD, EXCEPT THE RIGHT CLICK. I CAN NAVIGATE BETWEEN TABS WITH 3 FINGERS, SCROLL WITH 2 FINGERS, EVEN TAP 3 FINGERS TO OPEN START MENU, BUT THE RIGHT CLICK DOESN'T WORK.

qwerty qwerty on Fri Sep 13, 2019 23:19 IST

i have elantech drivers installed in my lenovo ideapad 330, followed the above given instructions but still the two finger touch functionality doesn't work......please help.....!!!

aditya on Wed Jul 15, 2020 16:18 IST

Thank you so much Bhavin, you're a lifesaver!

Saurabh Singh Parihar on Sat Jul 18, 2020 19:45 IST

It took me 7 years to fix this !

Mohan on Wed Nov 18, 2020 03:57 IST

This worked like a charm, but stopped working now with the latest Windows update (20H2 - 19042.630) :(

Any suggestions?

Lucas Oliveira on Sat Dec 5, 2020 01:48 IST

Thank you so much! Finally, something that worked to me :)