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How to Turn off TouchPad Tap to Click

Updated April 17, 2017

If you have a laptop, using the touchpad instead of a mouse can be annoying. Touchpads are highly sensitive and respond to every finger movement. Excluding Macs, most laptop touchpads have a left-click button and a right-click button directly under the touchpad . This is an optional feature since you can use the touchpad to double-click. If you prefer to click without using the touchpad, you can disable the tap option.

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  1. Download the Synaptics driver for your particular operating system, install the driver, then reboot your computer. Alternatively, you can download the software from your computer manufacturer's website.

  2. Click "Start," then select "Control Panel." On the Control Panel menu, select "Mouse" and the "Mouse Properties" window will pop up.

  3. Select the "Advanced Features" window in "Mouse Properties" and click on "Settings." This will bring up the "Properties for Synaptics TouchPad" window. Under "Tapping," select "Taps and Drags" and uncheck the box that reads "Tap to Click" and hit "Apply," then "OK." This feature is now disabled.

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Things You'll Need

  • Synaptics driver

About the Author

Eric Fenton has been writing for journalistic and scientific publications since 2005. He has previously written for "The Pen," where he was the opinion editor. He now works as a copy editor for the "News-Letter." He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

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