How to Adjust the Touchpad on a Toshiba Satellite

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All Toshiba Satellite laptops have touchpads that you use instead of a mouse to move the mouse pointer and click on programs. Laptop touchpad technology has come a long way since the first ones were released, but they can still be frustrating to use if the settings do not much your navigation style. You can change the settings on your Satellite's touchpad to make using it a more pleasant experience.

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    Access your Satellite's control panel by clicking on the "Start" button in the lower-left corner of your desktop. Then click "Control Panel" in the menu that comes up.

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    Click on "Mouse" or "Mouse Properties." A window with many tabs will display. The tabs include words like "Buttons," "Pointers," "Pointer Options," "Wheel," "Hardware" and "Device Settings." The options you change here will affect the touchpad and the mouse you use--if you use one at all.

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    Explore the options underneath each tab to look for the settings you wish to change. For instance, you can alter the "handedness" of the touchpad--left or right--or the double-click speed under the "Buttons" tab. Alter the pointer's speed and other characteristics under the "Pointer Options" tab.

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    Click "Apply" when you are done making changes. The Satellite may tell you that the computer needs to restart for the changes to take place. Make sure that all of your current work is saved, then choose "Yes" to let the computer restart and your changes take effect.

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