How to Activate Keypad on a Laptop

Most modern laptops include a keypad, or touchpad, which enables the user to perform mouse functions without an attached mouse. For a user who wants to use a corded or cordless mouse instead, the keypad can be superfluous. Worse, it can cause distractions or errors if the user accidentally touches it when trying to type. If someone has disabled your laptop's keypad for one of these reasons, you can activate it quite simply.

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Many modern laptops include a keypad, or touchpad.

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Open the Control Panel by choosing it in the Start menu.

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Select "Mouse Properties" in the window that appears. You may have to select "Hardware and Sound" first, and then "Mouse Properties," depending on your settings.

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Click on the "Touchpad" tab to view settings for the keypad.

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Under "Button Settings," find the listing for "Touchpad." Select "Enable" by clicking the circle next to it.

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Click "Apply" or "OK" to activate the keypad.