No matter how powerful your laptop is, your experience can be made or broken by the touchpad. Since it is your primary method of interacting with the computer, a slow, sluggish, or erratic cursor will make your experience unpleasant. Here are a few fixes that can be helpful if you’re sick of dealing with a trackpad that won’t function properly.

ONE FINGER ONLY I know this is going to sound ridiculous, but you might be holding it incorrectly, just like the iPhone 4. Your hand’s placement on the laptop could be altered to enhance responsiveness.

The majority of touchpads contain a built-in palm detection feature that attempts to differentiate between your pointer finger and your thumb or palm resting on the trackpad’s bottom. However, some laptops have better palm detection than others, so if you put your thumb on the bottom for quick clicks, this feature might not work well on yours.

You might discover that the trackpad functions better if you only use one finger at a time. It’s not ideal, but if you only require a functional trackpad while looking for a longer-term fix, this could make your laptop functional once again.

MAKE THE TOUCHPAD CLEAN

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Although not all touchpads are created equal, it’s likely that the drivers for your laptop will enable you change a few settings to personalize how your touchpad reacts to your movements. In Windows, go to Settings > Devices > Touchpad and adjust the touchpad sensitivity using the drop-down menu.

Additionally, you might wish to disable the lower-right corner function that is enabled by default and the tap-to-click features. If you discover that you frequently use multi-touch gestures by accident, disable them right away.

To access the Mouse Properties window, click Additional settings (or More touchpad settings in Windows 11) at the bottom of the window. Try turning on or off Enhance Pointer Precision by selecting the Pointer Options tab.

rolling back the driver (Opens in a new window) or using a registry tweak (Opens in a new window) .

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DOWNLOAD You could discover some updates have been made recently if your laptop hasn’t already upgraded to the most recent touchpad drivers. Go to the website of your laptop’s maker, such as Dell, Lenovo, etc., and enter the model number into their help page. Manually download the newest driver, install it on your computer, and see if it solves the problem.

Unofficial drivers not created for that specific laptop may produce decent results according to some users, but there is just as much of a chance that they will make things worse as they do better. For instance, a method that was widely used in 2017 entailed installing Lenovo Precision drivers on laptops that weren’t Precision, but it is no longer functional with the most recent builds of Windows 10.

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I’ve also observed a few unusual instances when people claim that changing the BIOS was successful. You can even look for your specific laptop model to check if others have encountered a similar problem. Remember, though, that you should exercise caution and backup your computer before trying any unconventional methods that someone may have suggested.

Find a hardware problem

Check out iFixit (Opens in a new window) provides comprehensive instructions on how to replace the trackpad on your laptop.

USE A MOUSE TO SAVE YOURSELF THE HEADACHE The truth—which you probably don’t want to hear—is that certain laptops simply have lousy trackpads, and no amount of fiddling will improve it. It might be time to bite the bullet and switch to using a mouse if you aren’t quite ready to purchase a new laptop. There are many excellent wireless mice available that will greatly improve your experience, at least when you’re sitting at a desk.

It will also cut down on the amount of time you spend with your finger on a subpar trackpad if you learn your keyboard shortcuts for Windows 10, Windows 11, or macOS. They may ultimately prove to be more useful because they are faster than any mouse.

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