How to Switch From a Mouse to a Touchpad

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Laptops use a touchpad interface instead of a mouse, usually situated on the bottom, middle of the keyboard. This touchpad provides left and right click buttons, as well as a touch sensitive pad that controls the mouse pointer. Most laptops come with additional interface ports so you can connect an external wired or wireless mouse. If you need to switch back to the touchpad at any point, you may need to go through several steps to have your laptop switch over to the original input device.

  • Remove the mouse cable or the wireless mouse receiver from your laptop. Wait for the computer to confirm, via the device removal noise, that the mouse is fully disconnected.

  • Use your touchpad once the mouse has been registered as disconnected. The laptop software may automatically switch to the touchpad as soon as the mouse is removed, so you won't need to take any further steps.

  • Examine the touchpad. Some laptops use touchpads that have their own on and off toggle. These touchpads may need a button pressed or a slider moved in order to turn them on.

  • Restart your computer if nothing else is making your touchpad activate. If your touchpad continues to not activate, go to the laptop manufacturer's website to see if a software update for the touchpad is available.

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