Best Mac Trackpad Driver For Windows 10

Posted By admin On 15.02.22

Windows runs well in Boot Camp on a Mac — mostly. Battery life is below what you’d experience in OS X, the trackpad isn’t as smooth, and the keyboard layout is weird. The tools below can help.

Features & benefits of the Trackpad++ driver vs. Boot Camp 6.1 stock trackpad driver 2, 3 and 4-finger gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom, back / forward, middle mouse button, new Windows 10 gestures, and more. Windows (On a Mac): If you're running Windows on your killer Mac hardware, then you've probably noticed that the trackpad isn't quite as smooth and feature-filled as it is in OS X.

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Warning: Power Plan Assistant and Trackpad++ are useful and the only utilities of their kind. Unfortunately, they try to install junkware — watch out for this during the install process. We hate recommending Windows software downloads, but sometimes it’s necessary.

Improve Battery Life With Power Plan Assistant

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Power Plan Assistant is a third-party application that adds some much-needed hardware controls to Windows on a Mac. For example, you can disable the automatic adjustment of the keyboard backlight or just disable the keyboard backlight entirely. When you press the keyboard button to increase the keyboard backlight’s brightness, it will automatically be re-enabled.

You can also disable hardware radios, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You’ll probably want Wi-Fi enabled most of the time, but disabling it can give you more battery life when you need it. Disabling Bluetooth is a very useful feature — Macs don’t’ have a hardware button to do this, so you can’t normally disable the Bluetooth radio to save battery power on the fly. If you didn’t use this tool, you’d have to disable the hardware radios in the device manager — and toggling them on-and-off would take a reboot.

Install the Power Plan Assistant application and use the system tray application to adjust these features. When you install Power Plan Assistant on a 64-bit version of Windows, it will offer to disable “driver signature enforcement” — you’ll need to do this to install Power Plan Assistant and Trackpad++, which include “unsigned drivers.” You’ll still receive a red warning message when trying to install an unsigned driver — you shouldn’t install such drivers except in rare circumstances, like this one.

Optimize the Trackpad With Trackpad++

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Trackpad++ is an alternate driver for the trackpad included in Apple’s MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops. Apple’s standard trackpad driver just doesn’t make the trackpad work as well in Windows as it does in Mac OS X. The unofficial Trackpad++ driver makes the trackpad behave much more nicely, adjusting pointer speed and improving two-finger scrolling. It also adds two, three, and four finger gestures like pinch-to-zoom, the Windows 8 trackpad gestures, and more. You can choose to invert the scrolling direction, so moving two fingers up on the trackpad will scroll down in Windows, just as it does in Mac OS X.

All of this comes with a graphical user interface for adjusting these preferences. It provides many more options than Apple’s barebones Boot Camp Control Panel does. However, just installing the driver should make your trackpad work better.

On 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, you’ll need to install Power Plan Assistant before Trackpad++. Power Plan Assistant will disable driver signature enforcement, allowing you to click through a warning message to install this unsigned driver.

Trackpad++ is free, but expires each week and requires a re-download and reinstall unless you “donate” to the developer to acquire a serial key. It’s unfortunate, but tossing a few bucks the developer’s way — or putting up with the weekly reinstall — may be worth the price.

Fix Your Keyboard Shortcuts With SharpKeys

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SharpKeys is a free, open-source Windows program from remapping keys in Windows. It can make your keyboard behave much more naturally in Windows. If you’re primarily a Windows user, you’ll want to change the keyboard layout order from Control/Alt/Windows to Control/Windows/Alt. If you’re primarily a Mac user, you’ll want to make the Command key function as a Control key so you can keep using familiar Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts in Windows.

Follow our guide to remapping keyboard shortcuts in Boot Camp for instructions on making your keyboard work the way you want it to.

While Apple allows you to install Windows in Boot Camp, they’re not very concerned with making it work anywhere near as well as Mac OS X when it comes to battery life, trackpad performance, and other features. The good news is that system performance under Boot Camp is excellent. You can use your Mac’s hardware with maximum performance in Windows without seeking out any extra utilities.

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My primary computers are Macs and their primary operating system is OS X, so one of the things I disliked the most about going back to Windows was its window management. Features like Snap were handy, but it was hard to live without features like Mission Control. And once you get used to OS X’s trackpad gestures, it’s hard to move to a platform where basic things like “two-finger scrolling” can be flaky and inconsistent.

Windows 10 catches up in some important ways—it’s got a Mission Control replacement in Task View, can give you multiple virtual desktops to work with, and implements Mac-like trackpad gestures (alongside keyboard shortcuts) to help you use it all.

If you’re new to Windows 10, here’s your guide to using these shortcuts and gestures, and what kind of hardware you’ll need to use them.

Trackpad gestures and Precision Touchpads

GestureAction
Three-finger tapCortana search by default, can be changed to view notifications in Settings
Three-finger swipe upTask View. Swipe down with three fingers to close Task View.
Three-finger swipe downShow desktop. Swipe up with three fingers to bring your windows back.
Three-finger swipe left/rightSwitch between open windows. If you hold your fingers to the trackpad as you swipe, you'll be able to select different windows via the Alt-Tab switcher.

Getting accustomed to the multitouch trackpad gestures is key to effective window management in OS X. Using a combination of swipes and Full Screen mode on a 13-inch MacBook eases the pain of moving away from a multi-monitor workstation.

Windows 10 finally implements comparable gestures, a nice upgrade over Windows 8’s more limited edge swipes. The downside is that you need specific hardware to use the gestures—for now, they’re only enabled on PCs that support Windows’ Precision Touchpad spec. This requires not just compatible multitouch trackpad hardware, but special firmware and Microsoft certification. In other words, at least as of this writing, it’s not something you can enable with a simple driver update, though for more recent systems your OEM may choose to mimic the gestures in their own drivers.

This spec was only introduced in Windows 8.1, and because it’s optional very few PCs actually support it at the moment. The list includes the Type Cover trackpads for the Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3, and Dell’s most recent XPS 13 (another reason why we think it’s the PC laptop to beat right at the moment). To see if your computer includes a Precision Touchpad, check in the Settings under “Devices” and then “Mouse and Touchpad.”

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Hopefully Precision Touchpads will become more common as designed-for-Windows-10 hardware begins to land in stores this fall. Supporting these gestures will give OEMs a small competitive advantage over those that don’t, and even if you don’t care about trackpad gestures the fact remains that Precision Touchpads are generally more accurate and reliable than ones using standard drivers from the likes of Synaptics and Alps.

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Keyboard shortcuts

ShortcutAction
Windows key + UpMaximize window.
Windows key + downMinimize window.
Windows key + left/rightSnap window to left/right half of screen. Keep pressing left/right to keep moving window across multiple monitors.
Windows key + left/right, then up/downSnap window to a quadrant.
Windows key + TabTask view. You don't need to hold the buttons down to stay in Task View. Press again to exit Task View.
Windows key + Ctrl + DCreate a new virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + F4Close current virtual desktop.
Windows key + Ctrl + left/rightSwitch between virtual desktops.

Let’s assume your PC doesn’t include a Precision Touchpad, because hey, it probably doesn’t. If you want to use the new window management stuff quickly without resorting to dragging your mouse pointer around on the screen, the keyboard shortcuts are nearly as useful for people who bother to learn them (and they can do a few things, like creating and switching between virtual desktops, that the trackpad gestures can't).

This isn't the complete list of keyboard shortcuts in Windows, but they’re the most important ones when it comes to general window management.