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How to Turn On or Off Double-tap and Drag for Precision Touchpad in Windows 8.1


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A certified Windows Precision Touchpad is a new class of input devices that provide high precision pointer input and gesture functionality. By default, these devices generate ultra-high precision scroll wheel messages for desktop application consumption.

The August 12th 2014 update rollup from Windows Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 introduced a new feature for precision touchpads by adding the Double-tap and drag setting.

If this setting is turned on, you will be able to double-tap on an item using the precision touchpad while keeping your finger down on the second tap, then drag the item.


This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off the double-tap and drag feature of your precision touchpad for your account in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.





Precision Touchpad Double-tap and Drag - Turn On or Off OPTION ONE Precision Touchpad Double-tap and Drag - Turn On or Off
Turn On or Off Precision Touchpad Double-tap and Drag in PC Settings

1. Open PC Settings, and click/tap on PC and devices on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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2. Click/tap on Mouse and touchpad on the left side, and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below step 5)

3. To Turn On Double-tap and Drag for Precision Touchpad
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) On the right side under Touch keyboard, move the Double-tap and drag slider to the right to turn on, and go to step 5 below.

4. To Turn Off Double-tap and Drag for Precision Touchpad

A) On the right side under Touch keyboard, move the Double-tap and drag slider to the left to turn off, and go to step 5 below.

5. When finished, you can close PC settings if you like.

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Precision Touchpad Double-tap and Drag - Turn On or Off OPTION TWO Precision Touchpad Double-tap and Drag - Turn On or Off
Turn On or Off Precision Touchpad Double-tap and Drag using REG File


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The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PrecisionTouchPad

TapAndDrag DWORD

0 = Turn off double-tap and drag
ffffffff = Turn on double-tap and drag


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Turn On Double-tap and Drag for Precision Touchpad
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_On_Touchpad_Double_Tap_and_Drag.reg

download

3. To Turn Off Double-tap and Drag for Precision Touchpad

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_Off_Touchpad_Double_Tap_and_Drag.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Sign out and in, or restart the PC to apply.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



That's it,
Shawn