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Symptoms

In normal everyday use of the TouchPad, Windows 8 may intepret the normal use of the TouchPad to be an application gesture intened to switch into the last used App, similar to pressing "Windows Button"+Tab or swiping in from the left side of the screen. 

 

When this happens, an unintended application switch occurs.

Diagnosis

If you are using the TouchPad and an application switch occurs when you did not intend for one to happen, then you may be unintentionally triggering the an edge swipe gesture. Ocassionally the gesture will also unintentionally trigger the Charms Bar or the Application Bar.

Solution

There are two solutions to this problem.

 

1. The tempoary solution is to use close any Modern UI (Metro) Aps prior to using desktop mode. This will prevent app switching because there is nothing to switch to.

 

2. The permanate solution is to disable the gesture.

 

To disable the gesture, 

  • Press the Windows key or button and type "mouse"
  • Click Settings settings.png
  • Click "Mouse" mouse from win button screen.png

You will now have a window that looks like this:

 

mouse prop.png

 

  • Select the "UltraNav" tab. ultranav tab.png
  • Make sure touch pad is enabled with advanced features.

touchpad.png

 

  • Select the settings box from the TouchPad. Settings touchpad.png
  • You will now be in the TouchPad Properties window.
  • Select the + box.png next to "Application Gestures" to reveal additional settings.
  • Then select "Edge Swipes"

app gestures expaneded and edge swipes highlighted.png

 

  • You will now see a box to the right lablel "Swipe Gestures"
  • Uncheck "Enable Edge Swipes" enable edge swipes.png
  • Press "OK" ok button.png to close TouchPad Settings
  • Press "OK" ok button.png to close Mouse Properties

Swipe has now been disabled on the TouchPad. You can still use the screen to Swipe.

 

These setting may be reset to defaults if Lenovo updates the TouchPad drivers. If you find yourself unintentionally triggering Swipes, just follow these directions again. 

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