Microsoft's Trackpad settings app gives you more control of your cover

 

If you have a Surface with a Touch or Type cover and have wanted to adjust some of the Trackpad setting, but could never figure out how to do it, we have some good news for you.

Microsoft has released the “Trackpad settings” app that will allow you to configure your Touch/Type cover Trackpad settings. The app allows you to toggle four different settings which you can see in the image above.

While not a major breakthrough by any means, this app will be welcomed by many who use the cover with their Surface. You can check out more about the app at the source link below.

We should note that while the application is available in the US but it looks like international market users are being hosed at the moment. We expect Microsoft will likely make this application available in other markets in the near future but at this time, you are out of luck. 

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Do any the Surface covers have physical touchpad click buttons or like Apple's integrated touchpad where tapping is the only way to click?

Not every PC has that trackpad.
If you've ever used a laptop before (I'm guessing you haven't), there's always a 3rd party utility to manage trackpad settings. This is like Setpoint for Logitech mice or Intellipoint for Microsoft mice. Now cease with your irrational troll-like hatred.

siah1214 said,
Not every PC has that trackpad.

Not every Mac has a trackpad, so the preferences only show up in System Preferences when one is connected... I honestly don't get why Microsoft doesn't provide a seamless experience between their own software and hardware products like Apple does. It seems incredibly retarded you have to download a Trackpad settings app separately instead of having it integrated.

There's no Macs being made by Asus or Acer or Lenovo that Apple has to make room for, for their own offerings. I own a surface and it's not a big deal. The only people bitching about it don't own them.

.Neo said,

Not every Mac has a trackpad, so the preferences only show up in System Preferences when one is connected... I honestly don't get why Microsoft doesn't provide a seamless experience between their own software and hardware products like Apple does. It seems incredibly retarded you have to download a Trackpad settings app separately instead of having it integrated.

Because each trackpad works identical. MS doesn't control its hardware, for every case an exception in the OS would make the OS so horribly bloated and just irratioinally huge.

siah1214 said,
There's no Macs being made by Asus or Acer or Lenovo that Apple has to make room for, for their own offerings. I own a surface and it's not a big deal. The only people bitching about it don't own them.

Apparently you think it's beyond the realm of possibilities for Microsoft to ship a version of Windows RT perfectly tailored to their own hardware. All I'm saying is Microsoft has a chance here to show they can provide the same seamless experience as Apple does. Instead they kinda blew it. Another example being you can't play purchased videos from Windows 8 on Windows Phone 8. FYI, we have two Surfaces at work.

Edited by .Neo, Dec 11 2012, 11:14pm :

Shadowzz said,

Because each trackpad works identical. MS doesn't control its hardware, for every case an exception in the OS would make the OS so horribly bloated and just irratioinally huge.

How can the OS ever become bloated if every trackpad works identical like you say? You would only need one settings panel...

Edited by .Neo, Dec 11 2012, 11:35pm :

.Neo said,

Apparently you think it's beyond the realm of possibilities for Microsoft to ship a version of Windows RT perfectly tailored to their own hardware.
I think they shouldn't waste their time doing it.

.Neo said,

How can the OS ever become bloated if every trackpad works identical like you say? You would only need one settings panel...

I believe Shadowzz was referring to "every trackpad works identical" when it comes to Apple hardware. With Windows-based hardware you have a multitude of manufacturers making trackpads and not all of them work exactly the same.

Now if every manufacturer got together and agreed on a set framework for trackpads where everything worked exactly the same, I could see Microsoft being able to ditch the separate app and just include it into the Windows core; but, that's not going to happen.

You can add different trackpads and keyboards to OS X all the same. Yet the operating system doesn't became horrible bloated just because Apple baked in support for their own trackpad/keyboard. People keep coming up with non-arguments as why Windows is different in this aspect, really it isn't.

.Neo said,
You can add different trackpads and keyboards to OS X all the same. Yet the operating system doesn't became horrible bloated just because Apple baked in support for their own trackpad/keyboard. People keep coming up with non-arguments as why Windows is different in this aspect, really it isn't.

The desktop on Windows RT has the standard mouse settings dialog, this is just the Modern/Metro UI equivalent and it isn't required it's optional.

neo158 said,

The desktop on Windows RT has the standard mouse settings dialog, this is just the Modern/Metro UI equivalent and it isn't required it's optional.


What's your point? I'm saying it would have been nice if they incorporated it into Windows RT as an integral part of settings.

What I'm saying is that you aren't forced to use it. It's better that it's optional anyway because some people would have bought Surface without the touch or type cover.

The TrackPad Settings app has been out for some time now... but good that you guys are covering it so that people know its out there.

I downloaded it and have had no use for it. I like the default settings, especially the default scrolling setting.

Being able to reverse the scroll direction is nice. Note that some people seem to have a hard time getting the surface to detect their cover.