How to Adjust a Windows 7 TouchPad

By Michael Batton Kaput

Many laptops on the market employ a touchpad instead of a regular mouse wheel to move on-screen cursors and click on options. These touchpads have the same settings as a typical mouse, and these settings can be tailored to a user's specifications. If you use Windows 7 and want to change the way your touchpad works, you can do so using the operating system's Control Panel.

Step 1

Click on the Start button.

Step 2

Click "Control Panel."

Step 3

Click "Mouse."

Step 4

Click on the tab marked "Buttons."

Step 5

Click on the arrow next to the heading marked "Devices."

Step 6

Click on the name of your touchpad in the dropdown list.

Step 7

Click on the "Right-handed" or "Left-handed" options to configure your touchpad buttons.

Step 8

Slide the bar under "Double Click Speed" to the left or right to adjust the double clicking speeds on your touchpad.

Step 9

Click on the "Device Settings" tab. Click "Disable" if you wish to disable your touchpad. Click "Settings" to access more device settings.

Step 10

Click on each option heading on the left-hand side of the screen that you wish to adjust. Most touchpads allow users to change the sensitivity, pointer behavior and scrolling options to their specifications. Change each setting accordingly.

Step 11

Click "Apply" when finished. Click "OK" to save the touchpad settings and exit the window.