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Touchpad settings in Windows® 7

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What is the role of touchpad settings in Windows 7? How to adjust laptop touchpad for Windows 7?

Touchpad is a pointing device consisting of specialized surface that can translate the motion and position of a user’s fingers to a relative position on the screen. It is the most common feature available on laptops and is used as a substitute for a computer mouse because of scarce desk space. The touchpads can be found on personal digital assistants (PDAs) and some portable media players like iPods. Touch pads operate in several ways, including the capacitive sensing and the conductance sensing. It replaced the mouse, thereby providing easy navigation.

The role and settings of touchpad in Windows 7 of a laptop are discussed below:

  • Role
  • Enable/Disable
  • Change responsiveness


The role of touchpad settings provided in Windows 7 based computer is to let you adjust the touchpad settings in the way that suits you or what fits the best for your work environments. You are allowed to change the speed of the navigation, enable or disable touchpad and make other changes in your touch pad.


At times, you may have to disable your touchpad. That is, while you are typing, the touchpad navigation may create issues with the type pointer position. Go to the ‘Start’ nenu, click on ‘Control panel’. Click on ‘Printers and other hardware’ and select ‘Mouse’. Now, go to ‘Device Select’ tab and then click on ‘Disable device’ under the touchpad section. This will help you to disable the touchpad in your laptop. If you want to enable the touchpad in the future, you have to follow the same steps but click on ‘Enable’.

Change responsiveness

You can easily change the responsiveness of the touchpad in your Windows 7 based computer. This will help you to adjust your pointer the navigation speed. Go to the ‘Start’ menu, click on ‘Control panel‘. Click on ‘Printers and other hardware’ and select ‘Mouse’. Double click on the speed section. Now, hold the left mouse button below your touchpad and then scroll the bar in the direction of Slow or Fast. Then, double click on the folder next to the section. You can adjust the slide bar based how on fast or slow depending on the folder response and your own comfort level. Click on ‘Apply’ and ‘Ok’.

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