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How to disable the zoom on a touchpad

Updated July 20, 2017

The touchpad on a laptop can be a real boon to your computer experience, but it can also be quite a burden. If you find yourself accidentally zooming in on an area of the screen while trying to move the cursor, just disable the zoom feature (sometimes referred to as "pinch") in the touchpad settings window.

Click the "Start" button on the desktop (or the "Windows" logo in Vista and Windows 7) and click "Control Panel." Select "Classic View" if not already displayed.

Double-click "Mouse," then click the "Hardware" tab in the "Mouse Properties" window. Select the touchpad and click "Properties."

Double-click either "Gesture Settings" or "Scrolling and Zoom," depending on your laptop and touchpad manufacturer. Click the box next to "Enable" under "Zoom" to remove the check and disable the zoom feature. Look for "Pinch" if you don't see a "Zoom" option and click the box next to "Enable Pinch" to disable the zoom feature.

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Greg Burosh has been writing professionally since 2008. He has written for "Modest Proposal" magazine and has self-published several comic books. He won the Student Excellence in Literature Award in spring 2010 and graduated from Indiana University-South Bend with a Bachelor of Arts in English writing and literature.