Your Lenovo device's touchpad could give up the ghost if you're a heavy computer user who has spent many hours using it to navigate software on your machine. Once you've established that there's a fault with your pad, you'll be able to work around the issue in a number of ways, the majority of which won't cost you a penny.
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Ensure your touchpad hasn't been disabled. Some Lenovo devices have a function that allows users to turn their touchpad off. You should see an onscreen alert if it has been disabled. To turn your touchpad back on, hold down the "Fn" key and press "F6." Swipe your touchpad to test.
Shut your computer down and give your touchpad a good wipe over with a dry cloth. Your touchpad may not work properly if it's covered with dirt and debris or has become moist. Restart your PC to test. A reboot may also solve software or driver issues that may have temporarily disabled your touchpad.
Activate Windows Mouse Keys. These allow you to navigate on your screen using keyboard commands. Hold down "Alt," your left "Shift" key and "Number Lock." Then hit "Yes" using your "Enter" key to activate keyboard navigation. You can find a full list of commands on Microsoft's website (see Resources).
Avail yourself of an external USB wired or wireless mouse. If you don't have one knocking about, you can pick these up at electrical retailers and online. They plug into your computer and work in the same way as any external mouse would. As most USB pointers are plug-and-play-based, you typically won't need to install any software. You can also buy external touchpads, but these may work out pricier than a USB mouse.
Download free mouse keyboard command emulators such as Mouse Emulator, MouseFIGHTER and NeatMouse. Like Windows Mouse Keys, these allow you to use your keyboard to control your cursor. Check your chosen software's user guide to find a list of keyboard commands.
Tips and warnings
- Contact Lenovo customer services if your touchpad isn't responding and your device is still under warranty. You may be entitled to a free repair or replacement if your weren't responsible for the fault that's developed.
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