How to Fix Touchpad Doesn’t Work in Laptop – Touchpad is an old-fashioned feature that has long replaced the “pointing stick” as a standard alternative to mouse control on a laptop. But if your touchpad stops working while you are traveling, or in other situations when you don’t have a backup mouse, you could be stranded.
But don’t start training yourself to use Windows only with the keyboard first. Here is a collection of tips on how to fix a non-functional touchpad (starting with the simplest).
Why My Touchpad is not Working in Laptop
Note: You need an external mouse or touch screen to undergo some of these tips. Also, the following improvements are for laptops running Windows OS.
Deactivate the Touchpad Zone
Unknown to many laptop users, there might be a small box logo in the upper left corner of your laptop’s touchpad. If you have this logo, double-tapping allows and deactivates your touchpad, so there is a possibility you deactivated it accidentally.
Try double-tapping the logo to see if your touchpad is brought back to life.
If you find yourself accidentally disabling the touch panel this way, you can deactivate this feature by going to “Settings -> Device -> Touch Panel -> Additional settings -> Touch Panel Entries -> Settings -> Touch Panel Disable Zones -> Untick ‘Double-tap to Disable Touchpad’ “.
Is the Trackpad Disabled in the BIOS?
It is possible for unknown reasons, your laptop’s touchpad is disabled in the BIOS of your laptop’s motherboard (this can happen after a firmware update, for example).
To check if this is the problem, enter the BIOS by repeatedly pressing the Delete or F2 key when your PC boots. (The button you need to press may vary).
Likewise, BIOS for different motherboards have different layouts, but your goal is to find an option called “Internal Pointing Device” or the like, then make sure it is set to enabled. This might be under the “Advanced” heading if you have it. After you’ve done that, select the option to “Save Changes and Exit.”
Reactivate Your Touch Panel Using the “Fn” Key
This happened to me a few years ago. Maybe when I try to use the “Fn” key to change the volume on my laptop, I deactivate my touchpad by pressing the wrong button. For weeks I didn’t know what the problem was, which wasn’t helped by the touchpad function icon on my keyboard like the monitor icon, and it took a while to realize that maybe it was actually a touchpad icon.
While holding down the “Fn” key, press each function key (the “F” key) with a symbol on it that looks like it could be your touchpad to see if the button lights up again. (Remember, you might turn off your screen this way, so just press the button again if that happens.)
Remove Other Mouse Drivers
Have you connected a large number of mice to your laptop and never deleted the driver? If so, it’s possible that their driver is interfering with your touchpad. (Some mouse drivers even disable your touchpad automatically!) Open the Device Manager, click the arrow next to “Mice and other pointing devices,” then right-click and uninstall the mouse one by one until your touchpad starts working again.
Update or Roll Back the Touchpad Driver
When you are in the Device Manager, right-click your touchpad in the list (This might be called Dell TouchPad, Lenovo TouchPad, Synaptics, or similar, depending on your PC brand), and make sure it is activated. If yes, click “Update Driver” to see if there are any updates for it that might help.
Finally, many people report that their touchpad stopped functioning after installing Windows 10. It means that the Windows 10 driver for your touchpad might experience a malfunction. In Device Manager right-click on your touchpad, then click “Properties” and “Roll Back Driver” to see if the previous version of the driver fixes the problem.
Activate your Touchpad in “Mouse Properties”
In many cases, Device Manager does not handle the activation and deactivation of your touchpad. If your touchpad is somehow deactivated, then to reactivate it, you must open your Windows mouse properties to reactivate it.
Type the mouse in the Windows Search bar and go to Mouse Settings. Here, click “Additional mouse options,” then in the new window go to “Device Settings,” “Touchpad,” or whatever tab is on the far right of the window.
Find your touchpad in the list, then select it, and click “Enable.”
Disable the Tablet PC Input Service
If your Windows 10 laptop is a hybrid and has a touch screen, then it is possible that the Tablet PC Input Service, which controls the functionality of the stylus, interferes with your touchpad. If you do not really use the stylus, then there is no great loss to deactivate it. However, if you use it, you have to decide if you want to go through the inconvenience of activating and deactivating this service every time you want to use your touchpad.
To disable Tablet Input Services, press Win + R, then type services.msc in the box. In the list of services, scroll down until you find “TabletInputService” or “Tablet PC Input Service.” Right-click, then deactivate.
Hopefully all of your touchpad settings solutions are here, but if you can think about it again, let us know. Remember that different laptops may have different software for their touchpad, so these instructions might be a little different, but for the most part they have to point you in the right direction.