Windows 8 swipe from left problem on touchpad / laptop [solved]
Q. I have a brand new Asus laptop with all the latest drivers but one thing is DRIVING ME CRAZY! When I am dragging something around using the trackpad or even just scrolling sideways sometimes my laptop randomly switches apps 🙁 I am running Windows 8 and any help is appreciated!!! –Ambra D
A. Thank you for your question Ambra, I believe I know what is happening and how to solve your problem:
Your trackpad is inadvertently triggering the Windows 8 ‘swipe from the left edge’ gesture which switch apps. 🙁 This gesture is actually pretty useful on touchscreen laptops and tablets. However, it can be very annoying if the trackpad emulates this behavior . Thankfully since you have an ASUS laptop and the latest drivers you should have an easy option to disable that gesture on the trackpad. Here are the steps to take:
#1 Go to the ‘Desktop’ in Windows 8
#2 Move your mouse to the lower right hand corner of the screen (to the taskbar notification area) and look for a small ‘trackpad’ icon, you may have to click the ‘^’ arrow to show the hidden icons:
#3 After a Windows security prompt you should be greeted with a window similar to this:
All you should have to do now is uncheck the appropriate box (‘Switch Running Applocations) and your issue should be resolved!
+At your convenience, please let me know if this tip works for you Ambra and what you rate it on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Thank you 🙂
UPDATE from Ambra:
THANK YOU!!! It worked just like you said and now I can truly enjoy my laptop without that annoying hiccup, thank you again and bless you. Also I rate it 5 stars because it fixed the problem exactly. 🙂 -Ambra D
UPDATE from JD:
You are very welcome Ambra and thank you for your kind rating!