How to unlock a laptop touch pad

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How to unlock a laptop touch pad
Unlock your laptop's touch pad. (touch pad image by Emmanuelle Combaud from Fotolia.com)

Your laptop comes with a touch pad that acts as a mouse. Instead of connecting a mouse each time you want to use your laptop, you can use the touch pad that is integrated underneath the keyboard. This comes in handy when you are in a tight spot such as in a classroom or on an aeroplane. At times, you may need to unlock the laptop touch pad because someone who borrowed your laptop disabled it. It may also be locked due to a slight malfunction that you can easily fix by enabling the touch pad in your computer settings.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click the Windows "Start" button in the bottom-left corner of your desktop. Scroll up and click "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Choose the "Mouse" icon or type "Mouse" in the field in the upper-right corner. Click the "Enter" button and then click the "Mouse" link.

  3. 3

    Press the "Hardware" tab or the tab to the right of it that specifies the type of touch pad you have. If you are under the "Hardware" tab, highlight the touch pad in the list of devices and click the "Enable" button. If you are under the touch pad tab, click the enable button.

  4. 4

    Click the "Apply" button and then click the "OK" button.

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