How to Adjust Laptop Touchpad for Windows 7

By Joshua Phillips

To accommodate a laptop's portability, most laptops do not ship with a mouse; rather, they have a built-in mouse called a touchpad. The touchpad, a flat surface usually at the bottom of the keyboard, operates by touch, as its name implies, and includes many of the same features seen on an external mouse. Adjusting the touchpad on a laptop in Windows 7 follows the same process as adjusting an external mouse on a desktop PC. Examples of specific settings you can adjust include the pointer speed and its visibility.

Step 1

Click "Control Panel" in the Start menu.

Step 2

Type "mouse," without the quotation marks, into the search bar. Click "Change Mouse Settings" from the list.

Step 3

Click the "Buttons" tab at the top of the window.

Step 4

Adjust the "Speed" slider, in the Double-Click Speed section, to adjust how fast the touchpad reacts to double clicks. Moving the slider to the left increases the amount of time you can take between each click to register as a double-click; moving the slider to the right increases it.

Step 5

Click the "Pointer Options" tab at the top of the window.

Step 6

Adjust the "Select a Pointer Speed" slider, in the Motion section, to slow down or speed up the touchpad pointer. Moving the slider to the left makes the touchpad pointer slower, while moving the slider to the right makes it faster.

Step 7

Click the box next to "Enhance Pointer Precision," in the Motion section, to make your touchpad pointer more accurate when the mouse is moving slowly.

Step 8

Click the box next to "Hide Pointer While Typing," in the "Visibility" section, to hide the mouse pointer when you enter text into a text field.

Step 9

Click "Apply" followed by "OK" to save your changes.

Tips & Warnings

  • These steps also apply to Windows Vista.