Windows Touchpad Issues

Experiencing problems with your touchpad on a Windows laptop? Our comprehensive guide provides solutions to common issues that users face.

Touchpad Not Working

Symptom: Touchpad is unresponsive or doesn't work as expected.

  1. Navigate to Start.
  2. Type in ‘Touchpad Settings’.
  3. Ensure the Touchpad toggle is set to ‘On’.

Toggle Button in Touchpad Settings Menu In Windows

Some laptops have a physical button or key that enables and displays the Touchpad function.

  • For HP laptops: If your touchpad has an LED indicator button on the top left-hand side, give it a double-tap to enable the touchpad.
  • Other brands of laptops: The F6 or F8 key on the top row of your keyboard may have a Touchpad icon. Press and hold the Fn key and press the touchpad key to enable/disable the touchpad.

How to re-install the Touchpad driver

  1. Press the Windows key + X together
  2. Select Device Manager
  3. Expand Human Interface Device
  4. Right click HID Compliant Mouse
  5. Select Uninstall Device, confirm this by clicking Uninstall
  6. Restart your device, Windows will automatically apply the base driver

Uninstall Touchpad Driver in Device Manager

Check out our Drivers Update guide to see how to find and install the latest touchpad driver from the manufacturer's website.

Windows Touchpad Issues FAQs

Why isn't my touchpad working on Windows?

Your touchpad may not work if there is a missing or out-of-date driver, incorrect touchpad settings, or hardware failure. To resolve the issue, check for driver updates, adjust touchpad sensitivity, or perform hardware troubleshooting.

How can I adjust my touchpad sensitivity in Windows?

In Windows 10 and newer, navigate to Settings > Devices > Touchpad and select your preferred sensitivity level from the drop-down menu

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