How to Use a Touchpad

By Jessica Reed

A touchpad is an easy alternative to using a computer mouse. Found on laptop computers, the touchpad allows you to move the onscreen cursor, click links, and even scroll through pages without having to use an actual computer mouse. With this feature, you won't have to worry about bringing a mouse along with you. Here's how to make sure your touchpad is working and master all the actions it can perform.

Step 1

Check to be sure your touchpad is turned on. To do this, click "Start" and choose "Control Panel."

Step 2

Click "Mouse" from the Control Panel menu and the Mouse Properties menu should open. Select the tab labeled "Touchpad."

Step 3

Click the picture of the touchpad to change the settings. From the new menu, choose "Device Select." Click "Enable" under both "Touchpad" and "Touchpad Buttons."

Step 4

Click "OK" and close any open windows.

Step 5

Use the touchpad by dragging your finger lightly across it. This controls the cursor on screen. Wherever your finger goes, the cursor follows. You can pick your finger up and set it down in the middle again if you run out of room to move the cursor.

Step 6

Tap twice, firmly and quickly, on the touchpad when your cursor is over a link or button you want to click on. This is the same as double clicking with a regular mouse.

Step 7

Press the buttons either above or below the touchpad if you don't like tapping. These buttons both serve the same function. They are the left and right buttons of the mouse. You can use whichever set is more comfortable for you.

Step 8

Scroll by placing your finger along the right side of the touchpad and dragging your finger up and down. The screen should move up and down with your finger. To scroll side to side, drag your finger along the bottom edge of the touchpad.

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