Laptops are known as the perfect portable replacement for desktop computers. Even smartphones can’t compete with the sleek, thin and high performance notebooks that can be used as workstations. Laptops contain compact form of everything, the keyboard has less keys, more functions are assigned to a single key to increase compactness and portability. The regular mouse is replaced with a touchpad/trackpad also there is a reduced number of USB slots and so on.
I have seen many people who face problems with their laptop, the most common one is Laptop Mouse (Touchpad) not working. Using your Computer without using mouse cursor is like chewing food without teeth. Don’t worry, I have I have provided a list of solutions that will help you restore the functionality of your Synaptics Touchpad or whatever it is on your laptop.
Update: If the touchpad still doesn’t work, you can enable Mouse Keys in Windows 10. This will allow you to navigate the cursor using Numeric keys (Numpad). Type ‘mouse keys’ in Start menu and turn if ON.
How to Fix Laptop Touchpad (Mouse) Not Working:
1. Check if you accidentally disabled Touchpad.
Every laptop keyboard has a built-in hotkey that lets you enable/disable the touchpad. Every Laptop manufacturer has different function key (fn) combination for this.
For Lenovo, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Acer and Asus Laptops, try using the following key combination.
- Fn + F6
- Fn + F9
- Fn + F12
- Fn + F5
It could be any function key from F1-F12, there is a small touchpad outlined on that function key so look closely. Once you find it, hold fn key, it is on the left bottom corner of keyboard and than press that Function key (F6, f7 etc.).
2. Enable Touchpad from Mouse Settings:
Open Start Menu and Type “Mouse” and open the first thing that comes up. Now locate Touchpad settings and make sure the Enable Touchpad option is checked. Also, check the taskbar for Touchpad icon (near volume control) and see if it is disabled.
3. Re-Install Touchpad Drivers
Download your Laptop’s touchpad drivers from your manufacturer’s website. Use the following query on Google to get quick result
Query: Laptop’s model no. + drivers + Operating system version
E.g. Dell Inspiron 15R drivers for Windows 8.1
5. Enable touchpad from BIOS configuration:
Start your Laptop, immediately press DEL, F2 or F10 to enter the BIOS Setup. Use your keyboard arrow keys and Enter key to navigate inside the BIOS utility.
Open the following:
System Properties > Keyboard/Mouse Features > Device Options
From there find the Internal Pointing Device or Touchpad, press Enter and use arrow keys to enable or disable it.
Note: The key to acessing the BIOS is different on every brand.
6. Reboot your Laptop/Notebook:
Shutdown your laptop, remove battery for about a minute. Re-attach the battery then Start the Computer.
7. Make sure Touchpad is securely connected (ADVANCED users only)
Disassemble the laptop, make sure the Touchpad is securely connected the mainboard. Sometimes hard bumps/hits cause touchpad to lose its connection. If this doesn’t work, it is time to replace the touchpad.