How to Adjust the Trackpad Settings in Windows 7

By Shawn McClain

The trackpad, also commonly called a touchpad, allows you to move the pointer around your Window 7 interface. Your trackpad includes a few simple settings, like double-click speed and ClickLock, along with a few more advanced settings, that will depend on your trackpad's manufacturer. While the trackpad is different than a mouse, you can find its settings under the Mouse heading in the control panel.

Step 1

Click your Windows 7 Start button, located in the bottom-left corner of the screen. From the menu that appears, click the "Control Panel" option.

Step 2

Click the "Hardware and Sound" option in your control panel, and then click "Mouse," which is located under the "Devices and Printers" heading.

Step 3

Select the drop-down menu at the top of the first screen in the Mouse Properties window. Choose your trackpad from the list of devices.

Step 4

Choose between a right-handed and left-handed setup, which changes the button orientation on the trackpad. Under the "Double Click Speed" heading, drag the slider to the left to allow more time between clicks in a double-click procedure, and to the right to allow less time. Finally, at the bottom of the screen, place a check mark into the box to turn on ClickLock, which allows you to click an item once and then drag it across the screen without having to hold down the trackpad button.

Step 5

Click the "Device Settings" tab to gain access to more trackpad settings. Click your trackpad from the list of pointer devices, and then click the "Settings" button. The individual settings that you can change here will depend on your specific trackpad manufacturer and model, but there will normally be settings for "Pointing," "Buttons" and "Tapping," allowing you to specify how your trackpad will operate.

Step 6

Press "OK" to close the Settings window when you are done making changes, and then click "Apply" in the Mouse Properties window to finalize your changes.