I'm using Synaptics PS/2 Port TouchPad. I want to be able to switch between open windows (like Alt+Tab) by swiping three fingers left and right. I've been searching the deepest depths of the internet trying to make this work, but with no results. Anyone know how to do this? I'm using an Acer Aspire laptop with Windows 8.
I think you have a conflict of gesture-handling between Synaptics and Windows 8. Up-down three finger swipe is used by Windows 8 to manage the desktop.
If you turned off Windows 8 gesture-handling you might have a chance of getting Synaptics to work. Unfortunately, I don't have Windows 8 or a touch-screen to check this out.
I found this image for how this is done in Mouse Properties :
This is easily achieved with a program I made called MultiSwipe, its a touchpad customizing utility for synaptics multitouch touchpads for Windows xp/vista/7/8/8.1, It basically maps keyboard input to your touchpads 4 finger swipe, in any direction, so to answer your question you can install MultiSwipe and map alt+tab or control+alt+tab to your left and right swipe in the Key Set section of the program, control+alt+tab is recommended as alt+tab would only cycle between the 2 most recent windows so for the left swipe you can write Control,LeftShift,LeftAlt,Tab and for the right swipe Control,LeftAlt,Tab the shift in the leftswipe makes it go the other way, after setting the keys you would swipe left or right and the window switcher would open allowing you to move left or right in the open windows with every swipe, you do need administrative privileges to install as some features like controlling the execution of alt-tab require them. Although only 4 finger swipe is supported, not 3, but its the same if your touchpad is a multitouch touchpad it will serve the same functionality except that you will use 4 fingers, you can download it here www.multiswipe.com
This will let you change between windows only using your touchpad sort off like Apple MacBook no need to reach for your keyboard, there are other solutions but they all seem so invasive like modifying the registry and don't really work very reliably because they will become overwritten when you update your drivers, so you can check out MultiSwipe if you want.
Modifying the following registry value works on my laptop with synaptic touchpad, hope it helps, remember to make backup first
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