Lenovo recently updated their track pad drivers to recognise touch gestures in Windows 8. This means that you will notice that you can swipe in from the left edge to switch applications and swipe in from the right edge to bring up the charms bar.
At first this seems cool but when you try and use the machine for real work this causes some issues… trust me I saw the funny (and distracting) side-effects in a workshop today!
In my opinion it’s much more efficient and accurate to spend some time learning the hotkeys for operating the “touch functions” of Windows 8.
So here is how you can disable these new “features”:
- From the Windows 8 start screen
- Hit “Windows Key + W”
- Type “mouse”
- Choose “Change mouse settings”
- Click “Settings” in the TouchPad section of the UltraNav tab
- Expand the “Application Gestures” node on the left to turn off the undesired gestures.