How To Re-enable A Touchpad On A Laptop


Wondering why your cursor is stuck and won’t move? The answer is probably that the touchpad has been disabled, either by accident or by someone else. When this happens, restarting your laptop won’t help. Instead, you’ll need to find the button or function key combination that will re-enable the touchpad. Some laptops have an LED in the top-left corner of the touchpad. If it is lit, it means that the touchpad is disabled.

  1. The trouble with touchpads is that some are very sensitive and an accidental brush with your palm can send the cursor anywhere on the screen. For this reason, a lot of laptops let you disable the touchpad, usually with a dedicated button or a key combination. And it’s easy to accidentally hit that button.
  • Check for any button on your keyboard which has an icon that looks like a touchpad with a line through it. Press it and see if the cursor starts moving again.
  • If not, check your row of function keys at the top of the keyboard. Look for an icon that could be a touchpad.
  • On some laptops, pressing this key alone will work. In most cases, you’ll need to press and hold the Fn key and then press the relevant function key to enable the touchpad.
  1. It’s also possible that someone else has disabled the touchpad via Windows. Here’s how you can check if that has happened.
  • Go to Start, type ‘mouse’ in the search field, and then select Mouse (or Mouse settings) from the search results. In Windows 10, type in the search box on the Taskbar.
  • On the Device Settings tab of the Mouse Properties screen, select the touchpad from the list. If you don’t know which one to choose, click on each and you’ll probably find one that is disabled. Simply click the Enable button to turn on your touchpad.

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