How to Disable or Enable Tap to Click on a PC’s Touchpad

An index on the trackpad of a laptop.Anna Volgina /

Windows laptops often allow you to click one or more fingers on the touchpad or touchpad. If this bothers you, you can disable it or enable it if it does not work.

Different laptops have option in different places

In general, you can press with a finger on a left click and on two fingers to make a right click. This option is relatively easy to activate and deactivate, even if it is in different places depending on the touchpad of the manufacturer of your laptop and the way it has configured it. If you disable the mouse by clicking on it, you can always click by pressing the trackpad or pressing its buttons.

Many modern Windows laptops have Precision touchpads. If your notebook does, you can configure touchpad settings and other touchpad settings directly in the Windows 10 Settings application.

How to disable or enable Tap to Click

To check if these features are available on your PC, go to Settings> Devices> Touchpad. (You can quickly open the Settings application by pressing Windows + i on your keyboard.)

Under Keys, turn on or off the "Tap with one finger to click once", "Tap with two fingers to right-click" and "Tap twice and slide to multi-select" options. The exact options available will depend on your PC. But if you do not see them, your computer does not have a Precision touchpad and these options need to be configured elsewhere.

Disable click to click in the Windows 10 Settings application.

If you do not see the options here, you can probably click "Additional Settings" under Related Settings in the TouchPad Settings pane.

Opening additional touchpad settings in Windows 10.

This will usually open the touchpad configuration panel in the old Mouse Properties window.

On an HP notebook with a Synaptics touchpad, this led us to the "ClickPad Settings" pane. We could click on "ClickPad Settings" to access the touchpad settings.

(You can also find these options by going to Control Panel> Hardware and Sound> Mouse and looking for the touchpad options added to your laptop's touchpad drivers added to this window. you will find them on Windows 7 PCs.)

Launching Synaptics ClickPad Settings on an HP Notebook.

We could then completely disable the "tapping" or the "two-finger tapping", "three-finger tapping" or "four-finger tapping". Finally, we could save the settings by clicking twice on "OK".

Disabling the consultation by clicking in the Synaptics Touchpad configuration window.

Again, the exact options available, as well as the names of the settings you set here, depend on the manufacturer of your laptop, how it has configured your touchpad, and the drivers it has used. While many laptops have a Synaptics touchpad and look like this, some have ELAN trackpads.

In some cases, some laptops may not even provide an option to disable touch-to-click. However, most laptops offer this option.

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