A touchpad or trackpad is a device, normally on laptops, which does the same thing as a mouse by tracking the movement of the user's fingers.

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Modify or disable Windows 8 swipe gestures on touchpad / laptop

I have an ASUS G75VW laptop with a Synaptic touchpad (/trackpad). When I move my finger from one edge towards the middle (the swipe), Windows 8 will bring up different stuff. This is a problem ...
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How to “middle-click” on new macbooks

I have recently switched to Mac, and the only thing I miss from my old notebook is the ability to middle-mousebutton-click by clicking both mousebuttons simultaneously. This is a crucial feature ...
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reduce laptop touch pad sensitivity in ubuntu

I have Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat installed. The problem is that the tap to click feature on my touchpad is too sensitive in ubuntu. It works fine with windows. I randomly end up clicking things ...
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Laptop touchpad works incorrectly when on power supply

My original laptop adapter broke down, so I've bought a new one. It's a no-brand adapter from a Dutch internet shop. The power of the new adapter is slightly more than the old adapter, but in my ...
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Use touchpad while “typing”?

My laptop (a Sony Vaio on Windows 8) disables my touchpad when I "type". This means actually typing, or just holding down a key like say, W, A, S or D. The touchpad stays disabled for a short period ...
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Synaptics - Windows 8.1, updating Synaptics failed

On Windows 8.1, I tried to install the latest Synaptics Touchpad Driver v17.0.19 and it failed for some unknown reasons. Turns out it's problem with Synaptics, not Windows. Synaptics did not "Sign" ...
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Synaptics touchpad scroll doesn't work on many applications

The Synaptics touchpad in my new laptop doesn't scroll at all in a number of applications, including Steam and Zune. I've narrowed the problem down to Synaptics not sending mouse wheel messages, but ...
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How to disable click on touch pad?

I have a laptop with a touch pad running Windows 7 for HP EliteBook 8730w. I find it really annoying that it takes clicks from the touch pad surface. How can I disable clicks originating from the ...
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How can I emulate middle click in Windows on a touchpad?

On my laptop, the touchpad drivers for it allowed me to emulate middle click by clicking both the left and right mouse buttons at the same time. I'd like to have the same feature on with my netbook's ...
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Trackpad gestures on Asus VivoBook stopped working after using mouse

I have had my laptop for a month now, and had no problems. I recently got a mouse to go with my laptop in order to play games. However, ever since I started using this mouse, all of the gestures have ...
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Touchpad does not respond when I am holding key on the keyboard

I am experiencing strange problem with using my touchpad and keyboard simultaneously under Windows 7. I have HP tx2550ew (convertible tablet), and when I hold some key under Windows 7 (eg. ...
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What is the easiest way to disable the touch pad on a laptop?

What is the easiest way to disable the touch pad on a laptop? I have a laptop which lacks a means to turn off the touchpad with a simple Function key sequence. I would like to disable the touchpad ...
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Can I use a Magic Trackpad on Linux?

I'd like to be able to use my Magic Trackpad with Linux. While I haven't installed Linux yet to test it, the trackpad will connect to Windows on the machine (i.e. it has bluetooth). I'm going to be ...
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Permanent disabling of touchpad

I own a Dell Inspiron N5050 Notebook running Windows 7 Home Premium. I am trying to permanently disable the touchpad. I installed the appropriate driver in order to manage my touchpad preferences, and ...
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Is there an easy way to disable this laptop's touchpad?

Specifically, I'm on a Dell Inspiron 1525. I'd like to disable the touchpad so that I can re-enable if my mouse were to run out of batteries (so physically breaking the connection to the motherboard ...
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Disable trackpad when mouse is plugged in - Windows 7 Macbook Pro

I just installed Windows 7 64-bit on my Macbook Pro. I would like the trackpad to be disabled when I plug in a USB mouse. Is this possible?
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Chrome keyboard losses focus when using two finger scroll

I Have a Dell XPS 15 (9530), Chrome 34.0.1847.116. When using two finger swipe on the touch pad in order to scroll, the tab wouldn't accept keyboard presses anymore, e.g. the Backspace wouldn't go ...
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Getting Synaptics trackpad to send actual scroll-wheel events

I have a laptop (a Samsung Series 9) with a Synaptics trackpad, and I have Windows XP on it. One of the nice features of this trackpad is that it allows you to scroll by placing two fingers on the ...
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What is a good external trackpad for a Mac? [closed]

I am getting a laptop stand for my MacBook Pro to help with ergonomics when at my desk. Getting an external keyboard isn't a concern, but I have become accustomed to using the trackpad and gestures ...
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Is it possible to invert the trackpad orientation for Mac OS X?

I'm running a MBP with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and recently got an external (Magic) Trackpad. I don't like the angle of the trackpad and want to flip it around so that the battery bar is on the side ...
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Windows 8 doesn't detect my MacBook Pro trackpad

I have to plugin an external USB mouse in order to use the cursor. Specs: Boot Camp 3.3 systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version" OS Name: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro OS ...
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How to disable my netbook's touchpad when a usb mouse is connected

This is the first computer I have ever bought and I couldn't bring it home without a mouse of its own. I'm trying to disable the touchpad but the only option I find is by uninstalling the drivers, ...
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How to make the pointer glide on Mac OS X?

I just moved from Dos To Mac. On my old laptop I could configure the touchpad to "glide" with the synaptic driver. That is the pointer would continue to move a bit after I lift my moving finger off ...
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OS X trackpad click-to-drag delay

I am so frustrated with the trackpad behavior in OS X. If you turn on "click to drag" with "drag lock" OFF there is still a delay where the mouse is "locked" in drag mode. That is, if I double click ...
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Disable tap to click in xubuntu

What is the "preferred" method to turn off tap to click in Xubuntu 9.10? It's not available in Settings->Mouse the way it is in Ubuntu.
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On my netbook, how can I disable the touch pad while I'm typing to avoid bumping it?

I'm getting very frustrated with this. I know I can use an external mouse and disable the touch pad, but that isn't always convenient. I'm running Windows 7 on an EEEPc 900HA
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Prevent Windows 10 from installing/updating a specific driver?

It seems that the recent Synaptics driver update for Synaptics SMBus TouchPad on Windows 10 (build 100049) somehow doesn't see my middle-button. Uninstalling, and installing an older driver for ...
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Get side scroll area back on laptop trackpad

A week ago I stupidly decided to download the Synaptics driver from their website and install it on my laptop, hoping it would give me more features. It didn't. Instead, it actually removed a lot of ...
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Windows 10 Technical Preview - Synaptics Scrolling

OS Details: Architecture: 64bit Build: 9841 Synaptics: v15.3.22 Problem: Both two-finger and one-finger scrolling functionality does not seem to work for me in certain contexts. While third-party ...
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How to make the Windows 8 trackpad edge swipe zones smaller?

I'm running Windows 8 on a Lenovo x220 laptop; and have just inadvertently discovered the edge-swipe feature or that brings up the charms or switches between desktop and RT. Only problem is that the ...
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Ubuntu synaptics touchpad is too sensitive

I recently switched from Windows to Linux (Linux Mint specifically) on my IBM T61 laptop. Since making the switch, my touchpad has been nearly unusable. When I place one finger on the touchpad, ...
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OSX Remapping Physical Trackpad Click for Mac

The MacBook trackpad is a marvellous thing. Assuming that one uses the 'tap to click' functionality exclusively (including the double tap to click-hold within Usability settings) as I do, the physical ...
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One finger scrolling on a Macbook touchpad

After an accident that damaged my hands, I am no longer able to do the two finger scrolling gesture on Macbook touchpad. On Windows I set up so called "scrollzone", it allows me to scroll smoothly by ...
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Touchpad sensitivity scales to virtual screen dimensions

I am experimenting with attaching a second monitor to my Ubuntu Natty laptop, and I have noticed an annoying "feature" that makes any multi-monitor setup so unusable that I actually prefer my ...
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Disable two-finger swipe on Firefox

When I scroll along the page or some scrollbox with two fingers on MacBook Pro touchpad, and it can be no longer scrolled to the left, Firefox decides I want to go back in history. What can I do to ...
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Linux Mint 14 seems to Randomly Change Workspaces on Laptop

I am running Linux Mint 14 (Cinnamon) in a VirtualBox VM on Windows 8 host using an HP Envy 17" laptop. It seems like it randomly decides to show the workspace selection screen while I'm doing ...
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Laptop touchpad response badly when on power supply?

I have HP pavilion 2200 series laptop with AMD processor, 1GB RAM, on board nvidia display card. It suddenly cause following problem: When the adapter is unplugged, the touchpad works correctly and ...
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Adobe Reader plugin for Firefox steals touchpad scrolling input

When a PDF file is open in Firefox 4 in the Adobe Reader plugin, I am unable to scroll using the touchpad multi-touch gestures in other pages in the browser. Instead, the scrolling input is stolen by ...
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Get back the touchpad scrolling missing in Kubuntu 10.04

How do I get back the touchpad scrolling in Kubuntu 10.04? I upgraded my Gateway NV52 and can no longer scroll vertically with my touchpad. I'm really missing that feature since it helps to ease the ...
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Disable touch pad for mouse button region on new HP pavillion models?

i bought a new hp pavillion dv6 series laptop. the laptop itself is fine but it has the new hp touchpad mouse which i absolutely hate. its such a stupid problem to have with a computer. the left and ...
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How to tell X.org to reload input device module? (Working around suspend-to-ram crash on Acer laptop)

When X.org boots up, Synaptics touchpad works well. But when I remove the module it falls back to /dev/input/mice and don't use normal driver even when touchpad is available again. Xorg.0.log: ... ...
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Where to find the latest digitally signed Synaptics touchpad driver?

In the past, Synaptics provided their touchpad drivers in a digitally-signed self-extracting executable. For example, here is an older version of the driver hosted on the official Synaptics website, ...
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I don't have a touchscreen. How can I do gestures on my Windows 8 laptop's touchpad?

I just got a new Windows 8 laptop, but it doesn't have a touchscreen, and it seems like a lot of the gestures are designed for touchscreens, and not current mice & touchpads. Is there a way to use ...
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How can I get the MacBook Pro trackpad to work on Windows 8?

I can't seem to get the trackpad to work on my MacBook Pro. I have tried the Boot Camp drivers with no luck. Does anybody know what drivers are needed for Windows 8 and a MacBook Pro trackpad? EDIT: ...
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Is there any software or hack to disable touchpad while mouse is plugged in?

Is there any software or hack that will disable the touchpad if a mouse once the mouse is plugged? Then enable it once the mouse is unplugged. Extra information that might help... - It's a Gateway ...
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How do I enable “Momentum” (aka “Inertia”) on a notebook with an Elan touchpad?

I have a Lenovo notebook (Win 8) with a touchpad that's manufactured by Elan (aka Elantech). I've previously used a Synaptics touchpad on my old notebook and have gotten accustomed to its features ...
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Lenovo Ideapad Z500 touchpad not working correctly

On my Lenovo Ideapad Z500 laptop, the touchpad works fine just after I power up the machine. A little later (usually 30 minutes to one hour) it starts malfunctioning. The pointer doesn't respond ...
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How to Find 3rd Party Applications that Use the Mouse in my OS X Installation?

I'm having a problem with Spotify that causes my mouse to not work properly. Based on my reading online, this problem is caused when third party applications like BetterTouchTool interact with ...
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Drag Lock bug on MacBook Pro?

Even tho I untick Drag Lock in Settings, still when I double tap, move the window and release the finger from trackpad, window is still locked to trackpad, I have to tap again to unlock it. Anyone ...
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Three-finger swipe browser back

Windows 10 broke my three-finger swipe to browser back. Now, it is the same action as the one-finger swipe-from-left-edge to switch programs provided in Windows 8/8.1. Is there any way to get it ...