How to Activate Keypad on a Laptop

By Carrie Perles

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.

Things You'll Need

  • Laptop with attached mouse

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Tips & Warnings

  • Different protocols exist for accessing the Start menu in different operating systems. For example, in Windows Vista, you can access the Start menu by clicking on the Windows symbol at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.
  • You can activate or deactivate the buttons near the keypad by using the screen that appears in Step 3.
  • Do not deactivate the keypad unless you have an alternative way to control your computer, such as a laptop mouse.