The laptop’s Touchpad is an important input device allowing users to navigate their screen and if it stops working it can present a big problem. Below are some quick solutions that might help you resolve Touchpad issues.
Reboot your laptop
You might be surprised that a simple reboot can fix the touchpad problem. In many cases, the operating system freezes, and this means it stops responding to commands, making the touchpad unresponsive. Rebooting your laptop allows the operating system to start afresh and allowing your touchpad to work as normal.
Make sure the Touchpad is not disabled
Unlike desktop keypads, the function keys on the laptop’s keypad serve a dual purpose. In all likelihood, there would be a combination key that would toggle the Touchpad on or off. Take a closer look at the keypad and find the function key with the Touchpad icon. You can find the Touchpad key combination by searching on the Internet with the model name + number + “disable touchpad”. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you need to check the Touchpad settings.
Touchpad settings for Windows 7 and Windows 8
- Go to the Start Menu
- Type mouse settings in the Search box
- Select Change mouse settings
- On the Device settings tab of the mouse properties screen, click the Enable button to enable the Touchpad
Touchpad settings for Windows 10
- Open the Settings menu (Start > Settings)
- Go to Devices > Mouse > Touchpad
- Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click Additional mouse option
- The Mouse properties window will open. Look for the tab named Device Settings or ELAN where you will see the Touchpad listed under Devices
- Click on the Touchpad to select it
- Move the Touchpad toggle switch to the On position
Download the latest Touchpad Drivers
If none of the above solutions work for you, your system may need new Drivers. Below are the steps to update Touchpad Drivers.
- Type Device Manager in the Search box
- Select Device Manager from the list of results
- In the Device Manager window, go to Mice and other pointing devices
- Your Touchpad might be labeled as HID-Compliant mouse, right-click on it and click Update Driver Software
- This will check the Internet for updated drivers and software and hopefully install them
If your laptop cannot find the latest Drivers, you need to update drivers manually. Go to your laptop manufacturer’s website and search for updated drivers for your model number. Download the drivers and install them. Alternatively you can use a reliable driver update tool to do this for you.