How to Adjust a Laptop Touchpad's Responsiveness in Windows XP

By Contributing Writer

The sensitivity of your touchpad can be adjusted to suit your needs. You may find that different sensitivities are more appropriate for different applications. For example, you may wish for a more moderate sensitivity when completing everyday tasks on your laptop, and an enhanced sensitivity when you are gaming or designing. These steps can be utilized when adjusting the touchpad with a Windows XP operating system.

Step 1

Click the “Start” button in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen.

Step 2

Click “Control Panel.”

Step 3

Double-click “Mouse.”

Step 4

Click the “Touch Pad” tab.

Step 5

Use your arrow to adjust the tapping speed from “Slow” to “Fast” to suit your needs. The tapping speed is what determines how quickly you must “double tap” to launch a task. For example, if you want a very sensitive touchpad, you should raise slide the bar to “Fast”; if you want a less-sensitive touchpad, slide it to “Slow.”

Step 6

Use the “Test Area” to ensure the speed is to your liking. To do this, scroll your pointer arrow over the “Test Area” box and tap twice. Once the two taps have been registered, an image of a dolphin reaching a balloon will show. If you do not see the dolphin, you should readjust your tapping speed.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can further adjust your touchpad sensitivity by clicking the “Touch Sensitivity” button after Step 4. Raise and lower the sensitivity bar from “Low” to “High” for enhanced control over the touchpad sensitivity. Click "OK" after you have selected the sensitive you would like.