What Is Ultranav for Lenovo Laptops?

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Ultranav is an input system that comes with certain models of the Lenovo ThinkPad. It combines two separate input systems, the touch pad and the TrackPoint, into one.


The TrackPoint -- a small red button between the "G" and "H" keys -- is a pointing device that is used like a mouse. Buttons that would be used like mouse buttons are usually located beneath the space bar. On a laptop with Ultranav, these buttons are accompanied by a touchpad, which can be used in lieu of, or in addition to, the TrackPoint.


People with Ultranav-enabled computers may use the TrackPoint as their main navigation tool and only use the touchpad for minor movements. Others might do the opposite, and rely mostly on the touchpad. Some may configure one tool to be used with specific functions, such as window scrolling or as an on-screen magnifying glass. These controls are set using the Ultranav Wizard, a program that comes installed on ThinkPads.


In 2009, Lenovo expanded its line of Ultranav keyboards to include standalone keyboards for use with desktop computers. It includes all of the features that the Ultranav laptop keyboard has and connects to a desktop computer via a USB port. It comes in both a slim and full-size model; the latter includes a number pad on the right side like most desktop keyboards.

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