As a replacement for the “pointing stick” that functions as mouse control on laptops, the touchpad is already considered an age-old feature. So if this particular part of your laptop malfunctions or suddenly stops working while you’re on the road or in a public place, and you don’t have a mouse on hand, this could be a frustrating situation.

Before you start training yourself on how to navigate Windows using your laptop’s keyboard, try first these simple workarounds and maybe you can fix your laptop’s malfunctioning touchpad.

OPTION 1: Re-enable Your Touchpad Using the [Fn] Key

You may have accidentally pressed a wrong button on your laptop while trying to adjust the volume or what not, there’s a chance that you actually disabled your touchpad. Try this: While holding the [Fn] key, press every function button (the “F” keys) with a symbol on it that may look like it could be your touchpad to see if it switches back on. Bear in mind that doing this troubleshooting step may turn off your screen, so just press that same button again if in case that happens.

OPTION 2: Update or Roll Back Touchpad Driver


Go to your laptop’s Device Manager window, right-click on your touchpad in the list (it may be called Dell TouchPadLenovo TouchPadSynaptics, or something similar depending on the brand of your laptop), and make sure that it’s enabled. If it is already enabled, click the Update Driver button to see if there are any updates since it may help solve the issue.

Finally, a lot of people reported that their touchpads stopped working properly after getting Windows 10, which means that the driver for your touchpad may be misbehaving. In Device Manager, right-click your touchpad, then click Properties, and then click on Roll Back Driver to see if a previous version of the driver solves the problem.

OPTION 3: Remove Other Mouse Drivers


If you probably plugged in several mice into your laptop but never got the time to remove its drivers, then there’s a chance that their drivers are interfering with your touchpad. Some mouse drivers even have the capability to disable your touchpad automatically. So to do this, go to your laptop’s Device Manager, click the arrow next to Mice and other pointing devices, and then right-click and choose Uninstall device for each of the installed mouse drivers. Once you’ve done this, check to see if your touchpad starts working again.

OPTION 4: Enable Your Touchpad in Mouse Properties


In most cases, Device Manager doesn’t handle the enabling and disabling of your touchpad. If your touchpad somehow got disabled, then you need to switch it back on thru your Windows mouse properties.

In the Windows search bar, type “mouse” then go to Mouse Settings. Here, click Additional mouse options, then in the new window go to Device SettingsTouchpad, or whatever tab is at the far right of the window. Next, find your touchpad in the list, then click the Enable button. Now, go ahead and check if this fixes your problem with the touchpad.

OPTION 5: Disable Tablet PC Input Service

If your Windows 10 laptop is a hybrid and has a touchscreen, then there’s a possibility that the Tablet PC Input Service, which controls stylus functionality, is interfering with your touchpad. If you seldom use the stylus, then it would be better to just disable it anyway. However, if you often use it, you have to decide whether you want to go through the inconvenience of toggling this service on and off each time you want to use your touchpad.


This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 5:30:22 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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