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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.

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Is it a multi touch touchpad? If so, can it handle 3 way multi touch? If it is more than 2 years old it is likely not got a multi touch touchpad. Can you pinch to zoom at all? –  Sam Dec 31 '12 at 4:32
@sam Yes it's multi touch. I can even use 4 finger swipe to show desktop, but nothing is registered on 3 finger gestures –  hakon_dale Dec 31 '12 at 4:52
Oh okay. That would indicate to me that it is a Windows problem then. I haven't mucked around with gestures much. –  Sam Dec 31 '12 at 4:56
Can you specify and preferably provide screenshots of the 3-finger gesture settings you've set under Synaptics options? –  Karan Dec 31 '12 at 22:48
@karan i.imgur.com/xr58W.png. Thanks for the reply. let me know if you need any more information on the files (like the binary codes). All the folders with the name: "3finger gestures" or "4F horizontal scrolling", has the excact same information in them. –  hakon_dale Jan 1 '13 at 3:25
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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 :


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