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Windows 8.1 Update Improves Touchpad

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Windows 8

The most recent update for Windows 8.1 promises some improvements to devices using a touchpad. Three new user settings have been added.

Users will now be able to leave the touchpad on while a mouse is connected, which can be helpful if you’re switching between applications where one works better with a touchpad and the other with a mouse. Users can also right-click on the touchpad and double-tap and drag items.

This update is part of Microsoft’s regular Update Tuesday that provides the latest security patches. The company says it’s sticking with the plan to provide smaller, regular updates as they are needed instead of large updates. This spring’s update to Windows 8.1.1 is an exception to that plan.  The company says there will be no large Update 2 for Windows 8.1 and cited their refresh of the Windows Store in May and updates to OneDrive that improved control of sync as examples of how future updates will be rolled out.

In addition to the touchpad update, the update also made it easier to log into SharePoint online by reducing the number of login prompts and allows users to choose a “Keep me signed in” option.

If you have automatic updates enabled, the changes will install sometime this week. Otherwise you can go to Windows Update on your PC and install them manually.

To learn more about updating Windows 8.1 click here.

~ Cynthia

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