Is your touchpad too touchy, meaning you accidentally click on things when you don't want to? Here's how to make it less sensitive
If you’re using a laptop, the touchpad is a versatile tool: you can configure it so that taps and gestures perform a range of functions from switching apps to showing the desktop and zooming in to the page.
But the touchpad can be too sensitive and you can find yourself accidentally selecting things or moving things around on your desktop when you didn’t want to.
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The good news is that you can adjust your touchpad and turn off some or even all of those settings.
Tap the Windows key and start typing touchpad in the search box.
Click Touchpad settings at the top of the box, which will open the Settings app, where you can choose which settings to disable.
The options in the screengrab above turn off all the tap-to-click settings and mean you have to physically click the touchpad to select an item or a link.
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Modern touchpads default to swiping up on the touchpad to scroll the window down, but you can change that to Down motion scrolls down in the dropdown box if you prefer.
You can also adjust - or turn off - what happens with Gestures, ie movements of three or four fingers on the touchpad.
If you're using a Mac, all the touchpad settings can be accessed via Settings app: launch that from your dock, and then open the Touchpad applet.
There are three sections: Point & Click, Scroll & Zoom and More Gestures. Each of these offers a range of very granular controls: experiment with those that work for you, and turn off any you don't like or don't want to use.
The touchpad on a Chromebook offers similar options. To adjust your Chromebook's touchpad, launch the Settings app by sweeping up from the dock to bring up the Launcher, and then either scroll down to find the Settings app or type Settings into the search bar at the top.
In the next window, tap Device in the left-hand bar, and then Touchpad in the main window.
There are fewer options on a Chromebook than in other platforms, but you can toggle Tap to click off or on, as well as tap dragging, and you can adjust the speed and sensitivity of the touchpad's response, as well as toggle reverse scrolling on or off.
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