Precision touchpads allow you navigate our device via gestures. Gestures are executed by dragging a combination of two, three, or four fingers across the touchpad. Some gestures, like the four or three finger swipe down are highly unlikely to be executed accidentally. The two finger swipe though is often executed when you don’t mean for it and that’s the gesture that’s normally associated with the scroll function. In the absence of a mouse wheel, a touchpad supports this easy to execute gesture so that you don’t have to drag the scroll bars to do when you need to scroll a window. If you often find yourself accidentally scrolling when you don’t mean to, you can disable scrolling via touchpad on Windows 10.
We should mention that the touchpad isn’t the only way to scroll a web page or an app window. You can use the arrow keys and the page up/down keys to vertically scroll them. If you happen to use a mouse with your laptop, and quite a few people do, you won’t miss anything. That said, this isn’t something you should do just because you can. If you genuinely find scrolling via touchpad to be a hindrance, disable it. If you find it’s a problem when you’re typing, consider disabling the touchpad when you type. There may be a dedicated button or a tap gesture that lets you do this.
Disable Scrolling Via Touchpad
Open the Settings app and go to the Devices group of settings. Go to the Touchpad tab. Scroll down to the Zoom and Scroll section, and uncheck the ‘Drag two fingers to scroll’ option. This will disable scrolling on the touchpad.
Since scrolling is an essential function, it may not be feasible to disable scrolling via touchpad. If you find that the gesture is easily executed, you can decrease the sensitivity of the touchpad. Alternatively, check your touchpad driver’s settings to see if it lets you set scrolling to three or four finger scroll. The default setting in Windows 10 doesn’t support this particular customization though your touchpad driver, especially if it’s a Snaptics driver, might support it.
If all else fails, you can try third-party apps but you might have to buy one. A free one may not do what you need it to do. If you have an Asus, Dell, or HP laptop, check if they have a proprietary software they bundle with your laptop for managing touchpad gestures. It is a long shot but these manufacturers bundle other apps for managing your display and sound and some, particularly Asus, might have a dedicated app for managing the touchpad.