How to Disable Touchpad Shortcuts

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Touchpads or trackpads are pointing devices that include a tactile sensor, which is a common feature on laptop computers. Touchpads translate the motion of your finger to a relative position on-screen. However, some movements trigger unintended finger-tap shortcuts. Disabling your touchpad's finger movements when typing or using an external mouse will solve this common problem. If you wish to enable the touchpad's motion control shortcuts, you can either restart your computer or open the touchpad's Settings dialogue box.

  • Click "Start" and then the "Control Panel" link. Double-click the "Mouse" link. The Mouse Properties dialogue box displays.

  • Click the "Device Settings" tab and the "Settings" button.

  • Click the "Tapping" expandable list and then clear the "Enable Tapping" check box by clicking it. Click the "Application Gestures" expandable list and then clear the "Enable Two-Finger Horizontal Flick" check box by clicking it. Click the "Pinch Zoom" section and then clear the "Enable Pinch Zoom" check box. Click the "Rotating" section and then clear the "Enable Pivot Rotate" check box.

  • Click "Apply" and then "OK" twice to apply the changes and exit the dialogue boxes.

Tips & Warnings

  • Click the "Defaults" button at the bottom of the screen, if none of the solutions work. If necessary, you can disable the entire touchpad by pressing the "Fn" key, on your keyboard, and the "F7" key together. The second key (F7) can vary from laptop to laptop.

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