[Windows] Make using laptop touchpads easier with TwoFingerScroll

Touchpads on laptops are supposed to be helpful. However, far too often do they become a pain to use. If you ask me, nothing beats a good old mouse. Of course, if you don’t have an option but to use your touchpad, why not make it easier on yourself. Well, that is just what TwoFingerScroll is set up to do!

WHAT IS IT AND WHAT DOES IT DO

Main Functionality

TwoFingerScroll is supposed to help make your life easier by simplifying the touchpad process. This program will help make your touchpad less “clumsy” and feel more natural. It offers a number of features, including double-tap with one finger while dragging with another, horizontal two-finger scrolling, and even palm detection features for scrolling and tapping.

Pros

  • Makes scrolling with your touchpad smoother
  • Palm detection to help with scrolling and tapping
  • Horizontal two-finger scrolling supporter
  • Three finger gestures to bring up Alt+Tab
  • Supports double tapping with one finger while dragging with another

Cons

  • Commonly gives the “Class not Registered” error when trying to load the program. Fixing this error often means downloading more programs just to get this one to work.

Discussion

TwoFingerScroll is a great program if you are stuck using a touchpad for whatever reason. There are just some things on a touchpad that feel clunky when compared to using a mouse. The good news is you can help simplify this problem with TwoFingerScroll. The bad news is this program may not be worth the hassle to get set up.

Before I start hating on the program, let’s cover the good things it does. The program has many features that make using your touchpad a much more enjoyable experience. For example, the program makes scrolling with your touchpad smoother. It also supports horizontal two-finger scrolling, three finger gestures to bring up “Alt+Tab”, and even supports double tapping with one finger while dragging with another. It does all of this stuff flawlessly.

The problem comes when you try to run TwoFingerScroll. According to many online forums, you have about a “50/50” chance of getting the “Class not Registered” error. If you get this, fixing it can be a real pain. No, there is nothing wrong with the software, but it means that you probably don’t have certain drivers on your computer updated. For example, updating your touchpad drivers may fix this problem. On the other hand, it may not. Really it is a hit or miss.

It is this error that keeps the program from being perfect. If it was a rare happening, I could look beyond it. However, it seems to happen to a ton of people online (including me). I don’t use my touchpad enough to try and figure out why this program is not working. In order to do this review, I went through multiple “methods” online to get the program to work. After trying a few of them I finally got it working. However, it is a process that I would not wish on others. If you use this program, hopefully yours will work or at the very least be fixed easier than mine. For some people, it is a quick fix. For others…all I can say is sorry, but you have a long night ahead of you.

CONCLUSION AND DOWNLOAD LINK

TwoFingerScroll is not a bad program. When it was working I did truly enjoy it. It is for that reason that I at least recommend you download the program to see if it works without you having to “tweak” it. If it doesn’t work on its first attempt or after a quick update of your drivers, I would recommend passing because it ain’t worth it after that point.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 1.0.6

Supported OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7

Download size: 282KB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/39

Is it portable? Yes

TwoFingerScroll homepage

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  5. ds5929

    Mouse=good
    Pad=bad

    One of the first things I did on this laptop was disable the touchpad and install a wireless 5-button mouse. Never regreted it, and the laptops touchpad software is actually pretty good-just no substitute for a mouse. Since I never bothered hooking up a router,I’m tethered anyway,so I’ve no reason to subject myself to the inconvenience.

  6. Coyote

    Just a shot in the dark here but maybe “Class not registered” means your touch pad simply doesn’t support most of these features. Older touchpads only recognized 1 point on a x/y axis. I remember some that even went so far as to add a second touch panel to operate the scroll bar.

  7. AFPhys

    I added a little program called “TouchFreeze” to my laptop, in order to eliminate the cursor jumping all over due to my thumbs hitting the touchpad when I am simply typing. That, plus using the standard Symantics touchpad driver has proved fine for me. The one adjustment I have made to the standard settings was to make the top-left corner “tap zone” fairly big, and setting it to be “middle mouse button”. Still, when I am doing a lot of work other than simple internet, I have a USB mouse always ready to plug in.

    TouchFreeze: http://code.google.com/p/touchfreeze/ (The home website is strictly in Russian) – it uses only 188kB memory, and it has used only 0:00:43 time since I rebooted 5 days (120:00:00 hrs) ago, so is very light in resources. I have used it on three machines with no trouble in the last 5 or so years with no trouble.