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Windows 7: Dell touchpad set to click after every tap, hard to type with it there

08 Feb 2012   #1
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 
Dell touchpad set to click after every tap, hard to type with it there

Hello everyone. Apologies if the title wasn't clear.

I bought a dell inspiron laptop recently and was having some trouble when I type. My hands tend to rest at times on the touchpad and every time i do, the single click tap takes me to where ever the mouse is located. Usually its in another section of the document that I am writing in, so that I start to type in the middle of a paragraph that I had already written.

In addition, I have installed asenother mou <-- see??? it did it again!

"In addition, I have installed another mouse driver for a mouse to use with the laptop, so I haven't been able to access any mouse settings other than the additional mouse settings. However, the touchpad still functions."

Is there a way to either disable the touchpad when a mouse is connected, or to change its settings while another mouse is connected?

I am afraid that if I uninstall the mouse driver and see about changing the touchpad settings (if possible), that installing the new mouse again would just take away any of those settings that I would change.

All suggestions welcome. If nothing is forthcoming I will attempt to uninstall the mouse driver and change the touchpad settings. I would prefer not to have to manually disable the touchpad

Thanks in advance!


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08 Feb 2012   #2
Qdos

 

If you're sure your touchpad options don't include a 'disable when typing for X seconds' then a simple utility like this one should help out...
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08 Feb 2012   #3
MWRed

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Not sure what the controller is for your touchpad is.
Mine is Synaptics.

I had the same problem as you. A touchpad on a laptop is not my friend at all. My hand rests on one half of it when typing usually.

I use a Logitech USB wireless mouse, and have this option in the mouse properties. I would imagine you may have something along the lines of this somewhere.

EDIT: I did notice that, on my moms netbook, there is no option to disable the touchpad. She also uses a wireless mouse, and it's a Synaptics touchpad, but it doesn't have an option to disable it when an external pointing device is detected.

This is mine


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08 Feb 2012   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Disable the touchpad and use a wireless mouse instead.

Disabling or Enabling the Touchpad Using the Hot Key | Dell
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08 Feb 2012   #5
MWRed

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Which model is your Dell?

Also, if your Dell has an F key that has this on it, it toggles the touchpad on and off. It may be F6,F3, or right next to the F12 key.


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08 Feb 2012   #6
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MWRed View Post
Which model is your Dell?
It is an M5040 Inspiron

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Disable the touchpad and use a wireless mouse instead.

Disabling or Enabling the Touchpad Using the Hot Key | Dell
Andrew, that would be awesome, and I have the key, but it isn't working and I'm not sure why. Dell had all drivers preinstalled, and there are no drivers for this laptop model on their website. I could check the CD and see about that driver. But there are no markings to indicate that the driver isn't installed. I would imagine there to be 2 mouse drivers (touchpad and normal). It lists them both in device manager, and attempting to update the touchpad online brings up nothing. The key didn't even work before I installed the new mouse driver. But interestingly, the volume keys work... I may have to fiddle around and see whats up here.

I have a microsoft wireless mobile 3500 mouse and this is what the intrface looks like:
Dell touchpad set to click after every tap, hard to type with it there-capture.png


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08 Feb 2012   #7
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
If you're sure your touchpad options don't include a 'disable when typing for X seconds' then a simple utility like this one should help out...
Qdos, I would prefer not to install anything more, but for sure I will use something like that provided everything else falls through.

Thank you everyone for your replies so far
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08 Feb 2012   #8
MWRed

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Guessing Fn+F3 does nothing either,eh?
Hmmm..this is odd...it's almost as if the real deiver isn't installed, but then you would think it wouldn't work at all.
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09 Feb 2012   #9
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

If your touchpad is Synaptics there will be a Synaptics icon in your tray.

Right click on that and uncheck: "Tap to click".
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10 Feb 2012   #10
DustSailor

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MWRed View Post
Guessing Fn+F3 does nothing either,eh?
No, it doesn't. Perhaps it will when they start updating the laptop's drivers on the dell website. I think it is a newer laptop model.

TVeblen, this is what my driver looks like:
Dell touchpad set to click after every tap, hard to type with it there-capture.png

Additionally, I found this:
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It wouldn't let me turn it "on", but it still works. I am almost sure that my own tampering in Ccleaner was the cause of this. The dell CD is confusing, but I'll see if I can't reinstall the driver from it, as Dell has yet to list the drivers on its website.

I did use Ccleaner in an attempt to get rid of all the extra Dell bloatware


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