Lenovo just published a driver for the Alps TouchPad that they have on some models. I’ve been on a quest to find Windows 8 TouchPad drivers for all my laptops that have been upgraded to Windows 8 for one big reason:
I want Edge Swiping.
Edge Swiping is a function that needs to be built into the driver & its control software. It allow the Windows 8 user to use their finger to ‘swipe left’ from the right edge, to reveal the Windows 8 Charms bar. Functions that Edge Swiping provides include:
- Edge Swipe LEFT – “Reveal Windows 8 Charms bar”
- Edge Swipe RIGHT – “Change foreground task in Windows 8””
- Edge Swipe UP – “Reveal Windows 8 Configuration bar”
This is very specific to Windows 8 and does NOT WORK with previous Windows 7 drivers.
I have not tested this driver since I don’t actually have an Alps TouchPad on my Lenovo hardware but it’s clearly published very specifically for Windows 8. I figured I’d post it just in case someone found this interesting. The file’s 16MB in size.
- DOWNLOAD: Lenovo ThinkPad G360 ALPS TouchPad Driver for Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit, 64-bit) Build 8/7/12, Version 8.100.1611.102