I asked X-windows users how they obtain full 3-button functionality on Windows 10 laptops, which generally lack a middle button. I assumed that Windows 10's multi-finger tap emulation of different mouse buttons does not allow for click, hold, drag, and release. I found confirmation of this in a post of the exact same problem 2 years ago, but I don't have enough reputation points to add a comment and ask what the eventual solution was.
I'm worried that by moving to Windows 10, I'll be at the mercy of having to haul around a mouse wherever I might go, and being handcuffed on frequent occassions in which I don't have it.
Examples of middle mouse dragging functions in a mixed Unix/Windows environment
xterm: Pulls up various context menus
xpdf: Panning (
xpdfworks well with
LaTeXbecause the PDF file can be updated without closing the viewer)
Inkscape: Middle mouse drag is used for panning, among other things
Possible solution, requiring confirmation: I found suggested registry edits online (captured below). If a kind soul with Windows 10 can confirm that it works, I would be eternally grateful (for the next 10 years). It would remove a fundamental road block to my abandoning the sinking Windows 7 for the safety of Windows 10.
I'll probably still try to find a touchpad with real buttons, though unsuccessfully. The single piece touch pad with clickable corners works poorly for me. When I reach down to click the lower right corner to emulate a right button click, I unintentionally move the pointer.
Three Fingers Tap as Middle Click
Let’s fix the Three Fingers Tap behavior. I want to disable
Cortana and enable the middle click button.
- Open the Start menu and type
regedit. Open it (and give it all the authorizations it needs to make changes to your computer).
- On the left panel navigate to this location
- In the right panel search for
Tap_Three_Fingerand double click it. Set its value to
- Eventually check that the
Tap_Three_Finger_Enableis set to
No Delay for Drop when Dragging (drop on finger lift)
- Again in
- Search for the
- Set its value to
2to immediately drop on finger lift.
Done. Now the three finger tap will be a middle click and the drag and drop will be instantaneous.
Afternote: The big uncertainty that I noticed above is that it refers to ElanTech software. It might not be native to Windows 10.