Enable, disable and configure touchpad gestures in Windows 10

Most laptops have a built-in touchpad that you can customize in Windows 10 to your liking. It is also possible to use a third-party device for gesture control.

Content

  • Enabling the touchpad
    • Through the keyboard
    • Through system settings
      • Video: how to enable / disable the touchpad on a laptop
  • Customize gestures and sensitivity
  • In-demand gestures
  • Solving touchpad problems
    • Removing viruses
    • Parameter check B IOS
    • Reinstalling and updating drivers
      • Video: what to do if the touchpad doesn't work
  • What to do if all else fails

Enabling the touchpad

The touchpad is activated via the keyboard. But if this method does not work, then you have to check the system settings.

Through the keyboard

First look at the icons on the F1, F2, F3, etc. One of these buttons should be responsible for enabling and disabling the touchpad. If possible, look at the instructions that came with the laptop, they usually describe the functions of the main shortcut keys.

Enabling and disabling the touchpad via the F7 key

Press the hotkey to enable or disable the touchpad

On some models, key combinations are used: the Fn button + any button from the F list, which is responsible for enabling and disabling the touchpad. For example, Fn + F7, Fn + F9, Fn + F5, etc.

Enabling and disabling the touchpad using the Fn + F7 combination

Hold down the desired combination to enable or disable the touchpad

Some laptop models have a separate button located near the touchpad.

Enabling and disabling the touchpad via a dedicated button

To enable or disable the touchpad, click on the dedicated button

To disable the touchpad, press the button that turns it on again.

Through system settings

  1. Go to 'Control Panel'. 'Control Panel' in the Start Menu

    Open 'Control Panel'

  2. Select the 'Mouse' section. Section 'Mouse' in 'Control Panel'

    Open the 'Mouse' section

  3. Switch to the touchpad tab. If the touchpad is disabled, click on the 'Enable' button. Done, check if touch controls work. If not, then read the troubleshooting steps described below in the article. To disable the touchpad, click on the 'Disable' button. Device Settings tab in Mouse Properties window

    Click on the 'Enable' button

Video: how to enable / disable the touchpad on a laptop

Customize gestures and sensitivity

The touchpad is configured through the built-in system parameters:

  1. Open the 'Mouse' section in the 'Control Panel', and in it the Touchpad subsection. Select the 'Options' tab. ClickPad tab in Mouse Properties window

    Open the 'Options' section

  2. Set the touchpad sensitivity by overtaking the slider. Here you can also customize the actions performed when different options for touching the touchpad. There is a button 'Restore all settings to defaults', which rolls back all the changes you made. After adjusting the sensitivity and gestures, remember to save the new values. 'Restore all settings to default' button in the touchpad options

    Customize touchpad sensitivity and gestures

In-demand gestures

The following gestures will allow you to completely replace all mouse functions with the touchpad capabilities:

  • page scrolling – slide up or down with two fingers; Scrolling the page using the touchpad

    Swipe up or down with two fingers

  • moving the page to the right and left – swipe in the desired direction with two fingers; Move right or left using the touchpad

    Swipe left or right with two fingers

  • call the context menu (analogue of the right mouse button) – press with two fingers simultaneously; Calling the context menu using the touchpad

    Press with two fingers on the touchpad

  • call a menu with all running programs (analogue of Alt + Tab) – swipe up with three fingers; Calling up the application list using the touchpad

    Swipe up with three fingers to open the application list

  • close the list of running programs – swipe down with three fingers;
  • minimize all windows – swipe down with three fingers when the windows are maximized;
  • call the system search bar or voice assistant, if it is available and turned on – simultaneously press with three fingers; Calling the search bar using the touchpad

    Press with three fingers to invoke search

  • zooming in – slide two fingers in opposite or equal directions. Resizing with the touchpad

    Zoom through the touchpad

Solving touchpad problems

The touchpad may not work for the following reasons:

  • a virus blocks the touch panel;
  • touchpad disabled in parameters B IOS;
  • device drivers are corrupted, outdated, or missing;
  • the physical part of the touchpad is damaged.

The first three points above can be corrected by yourself.

It is better to entrust the elimination of physical damage to the specialists of the technical center. Please note that if you decide to open the laptop yourself to fix the touchpad, the warranty will no longer be valid. In any case, it is recommended to immediately contact specialized centers.

Removing viruses

Run the antivirus installed on your computer and enable full scan. Remove the viruses found, restart the device and check if the touchpad is working. If not, then there are two options: the touchpad does not work for other reasons, or the virus has managed to harm the files responsible for the touchpad operation. In the second case, you need to reinstall the drivers, and if this does not help, then reinstall the system.

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Parameter check B IOS

  1. To enter B IOS, turn off your computer, turn it on, and press the F12 or Delete key several times during the boot process. Any other buttons can be used to enter B IOS, depending on the company that developed the laptop. In any case, a prompt with hotkeys should appear during the boot process. You can also find out the required button in the instructions on the company's website. Login to B IOS

    Open B IOS

  2. Find the item 'Pointing Devices' or Pointing Device in Parameters B IOS. It can be called differently in different versions of B IOS, but the essence is the same: the line should be responsible for the operation of the mouse and touchpad. Set the parameter 'Enabled' or Enable for it. Enabling Pointing Device

    Activate the use of the Pointing Device

  3. Exit B IOS and save your changes. Done, the touchpad should work. Save settings and exit B IOS

    Save changes and close B IOS

Reinstalling and updating drivers

  1. Expand 'Device Manager' via the search system bar. 'Device Manager' in the Start Menu

    Open 'Device Manager'

  2. Expand the Mice and other pointing devices block. Select the touchpad and run the driver update. The item 'Update drivers' in the context menu of the touchpad

    Start updating your touchpad drivers

  3. Update drivers through an automatic search or go to the website of the touchpad manufacturer, download the driver file and install them manually. It is recommended to use the second method, as it has a higher chance of downloading and installing the latest drivers. Choosing how to update drivers

    Choose how to update your drivers

Video: what to do if the touchpad doesn't work

What to do if all else fails

If none of the above methods helped to fix the problem with the touchpad, then there are two options: damaged system files or the physical component of the touchpad. In the first case, you need to reinstall the system, in the second, take the laptop to the workshop.

The touchpad is a convenient alternative to a mouse, especially when all possible quick control gestures have been explored. The touchpad can be enabled and disabled through the keyboard and system settings. If the touchpad stops working, remove viruses, check B IOS and drivers, reinstall the system, or have the laptop repaired.

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