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Touchpad Edge Swipes - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

  1. #50

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    I tried EVERYTHING on the web.

    Eventually what I did was I began deleting entire registry folders until the right edge swipe stopped.

    Only once I deleted the entire folder below did it stop.


    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics had no effect on right edge swipe....

    Like IcewindZG has said, doing this is probably not necessary but it is sufficient. Even after deleting so much, my touchpad seems to work fine, however the only features I use are the one and two finger scrolling.

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  2. #51

    Thank you for pointing out the touch pads swipe option I wasn't even aware it had a swipe feature as I use a mouse so could not disable it on my wife's laptop and she uses the pad. But this resolved the charms bar issue as it was merely the pads edge swipe feature pulling it up now it is disabled for good!!

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  3. #52

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    I registered to thank IcewindZG and SCVLife. All my attempts, after I had spent about three hours scouring the Web for an answer, to get rid of the charms bar (right hand swipe) failed and I'm a seasoned software engineer, PhD in computer science, and now fully anti-Microsoft. Nothing worked, not even setting registry values to 0, not even the PC settings (since they are not visible on my laptop).

    I finally succeeded by deleting these folders in the registry:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2\Right Edge Pull
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2\Right Edge Pull
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2\Right Edge Pull Extended Zone

    Note that:
    • I've had to restart the system after deleting each folder
    • after a certain number of restarts, the right edge swipe that used to bring up the Charms bar no longer brings it up
    • I didn't need to delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\TouchPadPS2\Right Edge Pull
    • after the Charms bar fails to show up, the only folder in the registry that contains "Right Pull" is "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\Defaults" (note the trailing 'Defaults')

    NOTE: @freedoomer gave a means of installing the latest (to this date, 2014-12-30) Synaptics standard driver (v17.0.19). Beware that Syaptics has failed to sign this driver, which is the reason why it doesn't successfully install and you have to disable driver signature verification, as freedoomer suggests. The consequence is that you won't later be able to change any settings of the touchpad. If you happen to not like the inverted scrolling direction la Mac OS X, too bad for you. The latest correctly signed version is v17.0.6 and it's the version I'm using but it doesn't have the Disable Mouse Gestures option. I can't seem to remember where I got it from. The flawed Synaptics driver has been around since 2013-10-17 (14 months now) so we can only hope that the next release will be available soon and they won't forget to sign it correctly
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  4. #53

    Posts : 41
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    thank you!

    if there was a smiley with its hands in the air
    spinning in circles with its face in the air
    i'd use it...
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  5. #54

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    64-bit Windows 10

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  6. #55

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1

    Quote Originally Posted by freedoomer View Post
    1- Be sure to start from a status where the previous Synaptic driver has been completely removed (i.e. from Add/Remove Programs). It's likely that as a result of this step you're asked to reboot. Do it;
    2- Go to Device Manager and check that you should now have a generic mouse driver installed, under Mice and other pointing devices. This is added by Windows, at startup, because it detects that effectively there is a new device;
    3- Now that everything is set, following the recommendations found in this forum, do an advanced reboot, selecting Troubleshoot, and option F7 (temporarily disabling driver signature requirement for new drivers);
    4- Install the latest Touchpad driver, which should now install properly. Select "Install anyway" when requested. Do not reboot, since this will not do anything to help. You should note that actually there is nothing new for now;
    5- Go to Device Manager and check that you still have a generic mouse driver installed, under Mice and other pointing devices. Even though the new driver software is installed, it's simply not yet in place. Click on properties and select update driver;
    6- Select "Browse my computer for driver software";
    7- Select "Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer";
    6- Uncheck "Show compatible devices";
    7- Select Synaptics as manufacturer and the driver on the right panel. Obviously it gives you the message "This driver is not digitally signed!". Just ignore it. Click on Next;
    8- Once finished this process, reboot normally;
    Thanks so much to Freedoomer for a beautiful set of instructions. I've just restarted my laptop about 15 times but I finally stopped the Charms from popping up all the time and interrupting full screen games. I actually couldn't use my laptop while drunk anymore because Charms kept taking me to Start menu too often.
    I had v 17.0.9 of the Synaptics driver and Windows 8 refused to update to v 17.0.19 until I removed and uninstalled the old version and used all of Freedoomer's steps to make W8 accept the unsigned driver. Now to go ask Synaptics why after two years they still haven't fixed the certificate on their driver.
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  7. #56

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1

    Oh, and unlike Voodoo Priest I found that I could change the settings to turn off inverted scrolling at the same time as I turned off edge swiping.
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  8. #57

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    Hi all. I've registered after trying all methods here explained to tell you that the only way I've found to get rid of the *** charm bar on the edge of the touchpad is this: Click image for larger version

    It works!
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  9. #58

    Don't think it was lost on us that all your times were set to 4:20. lol
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  10. #59

    Posts : 22,585
    64-bit Windows 10

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