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Tips for Using the Trackpad on Your Surface Keyboard

Both the Touch and the Type keyboards for the Microsoft Surface tablet include a trackpad below the keyboard. Chances are you won’t use it much: It’s easier to simply touch the Surface to do what you want.

However, it comes in handy if you spend much time on the desktop. There, the trackpad controls your mouse pointer, bringing the pinpoint precision needed to navigate the desktop’s crowded menus.

The table explains how to mimic mouse clicks, drags, and scrolls with your Surface’s trackpad.

Surface Trackpad Gestures
To do this . . . Do This
Move the onscreen pointer Drag your finger anywhere on the trackpad.
Left-click Tap one finger anywhere on the trackpad or press the left trackpad button.
Right-click the Windows desktop Tap two fingers anywhere on the trackpad or press the right trackpad button.
Left-click and drag Hold down the left trackpad button, and then slide a finger in any direction. Or, tap and then tap and slide one finger in any direction.
Scroll Slide two fingers horizontally or vertically.
Show a Start screen app’s App bar Tap two fingers anywhere on the trackpad.

Pay particular attention to these tips, which work equally well on both the Touch and the Type keyboard’s trackpads:

  • When reading a website or browsing an app on your Surface tablet, like the News app, put two fingers on the trackpad, and then slide them back and forth or up or down, depending on how the page flows. That can often scroll the page more smoothly than touching the screen with your fingers.

  • Tapping with two fingers brings up the right-screen menu on the desktop. That’s often faster and easier than right-clicking by tapping on the trackpad.

  • Tapping with two fingers quickly brings up an App’s menu. But because you still need to tap the menu item with a finger or well-placed mouse click, it rarely saves time.

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