Synaptics Gesture Suite

Our Synaptics Gesture Suite™ (SGS), provides users with an intuitive way to interact productively with their notebook computer TouchPads. SGS was developed by analyzing the most common workflows from entertainment activities, such as viewing photos and listening to music, to productivity activities, such as accessing emails and presentations. The result is an intelligent usability model that makes it intuitive for consumers to understand and discover features easily, resulting in a better user experience. SGS represents a growing portfolio of gestures available on our interface solutions. These gestures are compatible with a wide range of Microsoft Windows and Linux applications to enhance the value and productivity of notebook PCs and peripheral devices that use our TouchPads. Gestures currently in the market include Pinch, Rotate, ChiralMotion Scrolling, Two-Finger Scrolling, Three-Finger Flick, Three-Finger Down, and Four-Finger Flick.

Synaptics Gesture Suite™ for TouchPads

The Synaptics Gesture Suite (SGS) provides users with a powerful and intuitive way to be more productive and interactive with their Windows notebook systems.

SGS was developed from analyzing the most common user workflows, from entertainment activities such as viewing photos and listening to music, to productivity activities such as accessing emails and presentations. The result is an intelligent, usability-optimized model in the form of a customizable touchpad driver and control panel that makes it easy for consumers to understand and discover features.

SGS represents a growing portfolio of gestures available on Synaptics interface solutions. These new gestures are compatible with Microsoft Windows 8, extend the Windows 8 “Touch First” touchscreen experience to notebooks, enhancing the value and productivity of notebook PCs and peripheral devices that use the Synaptics TouchPad family products.

Why Choose It?

  • Compact Design – Get more functionality in less space.
  • Sophisticated Capabilities – The entire touchpad surface is available for gestures, and the TouchPad location is naturally ergonomic for gesture input.
  • Ease of use – SGS ensures optimized interoperability of gestures, optimized for common workflows.
  • Efficient – SGS is optimized for common workflows, ensuring users get the functionality they need quickly.
  • Customizable – SGS can be customized per individual OEM requirements.

To learn more about various gestures, read and watch videos below.

Right Edge-Swipe (supported for Windows 8/8.1)

Right Edge Swipe
Charms bar

How to use the right-edge swipe gesture:

Place one finger down on the right edge of the TouchPad surface. Move your finger in a straight, continuous horizontal motion, moving from the right side of the TouchPad towards the center. In the Windows 8/8.1 OS, the Charms bar appears; tap to select an item.

This gesture is reversible: after triggering an Edge Swipe, slide the finger back to the edge to close the Charm menu.

The gesture is also extendable: start sliding the finger up/down after triggering the Edge Swipe, and it will scroll through the options.

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Top Edge-Swipe (supported for Windows 8/8.1)

Top Edge Swipe
Application Bar

How to use the top-edge swipe gesture:

Place one finger down on the top edge of the TouchPad surface. Move your finger in a straight, continuous vertical motion, moving from the top of the TouchPad towards the center. In the Windows 8/8.1 OS, this gesture performs the same function as a right-click (click of the right mouse or ClickPad button).

This gesture is reversible: after triggering an Edge Swipe, slide the finger back to the edge to close the menu.

The gesture is also extendable: start sliding the finger up/down after triggering the Edge Swipe, and it will scroll through the options.

Watch video

Left Edge-Swipe (supported for Windows 8/8.1)

Left Edge Swipe
Previous App

How to use the left-edge swipe gesture:

Place one finger down on the left edge of the TouchPad surface. Move your finger in a straight, continuous horizontal motion, moving from the left side of the TouchPad towards the center.

In the Windows 8/8.1 OS, the previous application appears.

The gesture is also extendable: start sliding the finger up/down after triggering the Edge Swipe, and it will scroll through the options.

Watch video

Two-Finger Scrolling

2F Scrolling
w/Advanced Scroll Effects

How to use Two-Finger Scrolling:

Place two fingers slightly separated on the TouchPad. Slide both fingers in unison up or down for vertical navigation, and left or right for horizontal navigation. Gesture ends when both fingers are lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

Delivers scrolling functionality in Windows applications by using two fingers moving vertically or horizontally anywhere on the TouchPad. Scrolling speed is controlled by finger speed.

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Two-Finger Rotate

2F TwistRotate
+ API

How to use Two-Finger Rotate:

TwistRotate is supported on image sensing ClickPad IS s1.5, ClickPad IS s3.0, and TouchPad IS s3.0 technologies. PivotRotate is supported on profile sensing TouchPad PS s2.0 sensors.

TwistRotate: Place two separated fingers on the TouchPad. Slide fingers in an arching motion while maintaining uniform finger separation. The motion is similar to turning a knob. Left arching motion initiates left rotation. Right arching motion initiates right rotation. Gesture ends when both fingers are lifted from TouchPad.

PivotRotate: Place two separated fingers on the TouchPad. Retain one finger in fixed position, and move other finger in an arching motion while maintaining uniform finger separation. Left arching motion initiates left rotation. Right arching motion initiates right rotation. Gesture ends when both fingers are lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

Allows the user to rotate photos and other items in 90-degree increments with one, smooth, circular motion. Support for both right and left handed operation.

Watch TwistRotate video Watch PivotRotate video

Two-Finger Pinch Zoom

2F Pinch Zoom
w/Zoom Around Point API

How to use Two-Finger Pinch Zoom:

Place two fingers slightly separated on the TouchPad. Slide both fingers, using a straight continuous motion, closer together to zoom-out. Slide both fingers farther apart to zoom-in. Gesture ends when both fingers are lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

Delivers zooming functionality in many Windows applications. Two-Finger Pinch Zoom can be used to zoom-in on or zoom-out of photos, maps, or documents. Now enhanced with PointZoom® for intelligent zoom control. Users surfing the Web can pinch over a site’s text enlarging the font and pinch over a map zooming in on the map—all in the same browser window.

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Three-Finger Flick

3F Flick
U: Play / Pause
D: Stop
L: Back
R: Next

How to use Three-Finger Flick:

Place three fingers slightly separated on the TouchPad. Flick the three fingers across the TouchPad (up/down/left/or right) in a linear, continuous motion. Gesture ends when both fingers are lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

Provides enhanced navigation and application control for rapidly paging through documents, photos, presentations, and other files.

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Four-Finger Flick

4F Flick
U: Aero 3D
D: Clean Desktop
L: Previous Window
R: Next Window

Four-Finger Flick is supported on image sensing ClickPad IS s1.5, ClickPad IS s3.0, and TouchPad IS s3.0 technologies.

How to use Four-Finger Flick:

To open the Microsoft’s Aero 3D Window management, place four fingers slightly separated near the lower edge of the TouchPad. Flick your fingers in a smooth, straight motion towards the upper edge. Lift your fingers off the TouchPad. The Aero 3D Window management tool will instantaneously open. To page through open applications, slide one finger horizontally. To switch applications, highlight and tap the desired application.

To minimize or restore Windows on your desktop, place four fingers slightly separated near the upper edge of the TouchPad. Flick your fingers in a smooth, straight motion towards the lower edge. Lift your fingers off the TouchPad. Repeat the gesture to restore the Windows on your desktop.

Benefits:

Provides enhanced Windows navigation for switching applications and minimizing or restoring your desktop.

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Linear Scrolling

How to use Linear Scrolling:

Place finger on right edge of the TouchPad and slide finger upwards or downwards along the right edge to scroll vertically. Place finger on lower edge of TouchPad and slide finger to the left or right along the lower to scroll horizontally. Gesture ends when finger is lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

The linear scrolling feature allows you to operate the scroll bars of the selected window automatically; there is no need to move the pointer away from your work.

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ChiralScroll™

Chiral Scroll
Jog Dial

How to use ChiralScroll:

Place one finger on the “target” zone (the right side of the TouchPad to scroll up or down, the lower edge of the TouchPad to scroll left or right). Slide finger in the desired direction of scrolling and begin making a circular motion. Gesture ends when finger is lifted from TouchPad.

Benefits:

Allows the user to scroll continuously with one, smooth, circular motion. Scrolling speed is controlled by finger speed. ChiralScroll works with most scrollable windows such as documents, spreadsheets, large digital images, and other scrollable items such as file lists and font lists.

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Momentum™

How to use Momentum:

Place one finger on the TouchPad and flick finger in desired direction of cursor motion. Gesture ends when finger is lifted.

Benefits:

Delivers smooth, fast, trackball-like cursor motion. One quick flick of the finger across the TouchPad surface can move the cursor across the entire computer screen. Ideal for use with computer gaming applications.