I recently got a Windows 10 laptop. Opposite to my Macbook, I must swipe right-to-left to go to the right virtual desktop. Is there a way to reverse this, so I swipe left-to-right to go to the right virtual desktop?

  • Did you find a solution? I have the same query and my ThinkPad laptop uses Synaptics drivers. – paradroid Mar 7 '18 at 1:54

I'm hoping this will be useful to those looking into the same problem. I was able to resolve OP's issue on my Windows 10 HP laptop with Synaptics drivers by doing the following:

Use regedit to navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\ZoneConfig\Win10\4FHorizontal Scrolling

Swap the values for NegativeCustomZoneID and PositiveCustomZoneID. That is:
Change NegativeCustomZoneID from Hex 88 (Decimal 136) to Hex 87 (Decimal 135)
Change PositiveCustomZoneID from Hex 87 (Decimal 135) to Hex 88 (Decimal 136)

Reboot, and now the four-finger swipe direction should be successfully reversed.

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  • I see! My mistake, I'll be sure to do this from now on. Thank you! – alejo15 Sep 4 '18 at 17:42
  • Excellent, thanks! I've been looking for a solution for this for months. – paradroid Dec 4 '18 at 4:31
  • This worked excellently well on my Lenovo Yoga 610 with synaptics drivers. I did not even have to reboot for it to work on Windows 1903 – Denny Jun 20 '19 at 19:31
  • This should be marked as the answer. – Rich Jun 30 '19 at 1:46

In Windows 10, if you have a touchpad, you will probably have one of the options mentioned in the other answers:

Start Menu -> Settings -> Mouse & touchpad -> Reverse scrolling direction

Something manufacturer- or device-specific, probably accessible through Control Panel -> Mouse or something similar, as noted in other answers.

2nd Way : Powershell commands

Run this in PowerShell (from Start » All Programs » Accessories » Windows PowerShell):

    # View registry settings
    Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID\*\*\Device` Parameters FlipFlopWheel -EA 0

    # Change registry settings
    # Reverse mouse wheel scroll FlipFlopWheel = 1 
    # Normal mouse wheel scroll FlipFlopWheel = 0 
    Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID\*\*\Device` Parameters FlipFlopWheel -EA 0 | ForEach-Object { Set-ItemProperty $_.PSPath FlipFlopWheel 1 }

The command for normal (non-inverted) scrolling has the `0` and `1` swapped:

    # Restore default scroll direction
    Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\HID\*\*\Device` Parameters FlipFlopWheel -EA 1 | ForEach-Object { Set-ItemProperty $_.PSPath FlipFlopWheel 0 }
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    Will this revert the direction of all scroll gestures or only of the 4-finger swipe? (My 2-finger scroll already works correctly, but the 4-finger swipe is inverted) – Thomas Schreiter Jul 18 '17 at 8:55
  • It only changes the 4-finger swipe direction. I just used this to fix the issue on my Dell Latitude laptop. – SamAndrew81 Feb 8 '19 at 21:33

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