How To Adjust a Synaptic Touchpad

Using synaptic touchpad

Synaptic touchpads are those dark, flat rectangular surfaces equipped in most current laptops and netbooks which translate user finger movement into mouse action. They take the place of mouse and other interface devices and while the factory settings are adequate for most users, they sometimes need to be adjusted to conform to specific user movements.

Here are the steps in adjusting a synaptic touchpad:

  • Move the arrow to the Start button on the lower-left corner of the screen. Click on the Start, then Control Panel, then the mouse icon.
  • In the configuration section, select synaptic touchpad.
  • Choose between right-handed and left-handed setting. This setting switches the left- and right- pad button functions to suit your handedness.
  • Move the slider to adjust the double-click speed. This determines the speed you need to use the double-click functions. If you find links being opened haphazardly or that they aren’t being opened when you double-click them, adjust the slider bar until you are satisfied with the touchpad button response.
  • Move the touch sensitivity slider to suit your preference. This determines how much pressure you need to exert on the touchpad to register a response. If you find the arrow moving irregularly move the slider to the right in decrease sensitivity.
  • Take out the synaptic icon from the taskbar.
  • Close the mouse property window. Click the OK button, the close the Control Panel window by clicking on the X button located on the upper right tab. If the touchpad controls still feel inadequate, repeat the procedure.
  • When you plug in a mouse, disable the touchpad. Some users will never get used to touchpad usage and prefer a mouse as their interface, instead. However, you may experience the touchpad conflicting with a plugged-in mouse during operation. To disable the touchpad, click the mouse icon on the control panel window and click the disable button on the device settings. To reactivate the touchpad, click the enable button.
  • How to disable the click and drag feature. Some laptops have tap and drag features as default settings that many users unintentionally activate, irritating them to no end. To disable this feature, open the Mouse Properties window as described in the previous steps and look for the “Tapping”. Look for “Tap and Drag” under this sub-menu, then click on the checkbox besides “Tap again and hold to drag” to remove the pre-existing check mark. Click OK to save the changes then close the Mouse Properties dialog box.
  • Use the Help function in your operating system. Click on the Start button and look for “Help and Support”. Type in “touchpad adjustment” in the search bar, and then choose the appropriate procedure in the list. The Help function should assist you in most troubleshooting situations.

If you are having difficulty in adjusting your touchpad, call the laptop’s service center hotline or bring the unit to a service center. A repair technician can adjust it for you for a small labor fee. Have him list down the specific steps in adjusting your touchpad then store it as a text document in your desktop or Documents folder.


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