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Windows laptops often allow you to tap with one or more fingers on the touchpad or trackpad. If it bothers you, you can turn it off or turn it on if it doesn’t work.

Different laptops have the ability in different places

Typically, you can tap with one finger on the left mouse button and tap with two fingers on the right mouse button. This option is relatively easy to turn on and off, though it’s in different places depending on the touchpad hardware included by your laptop manufacturer and how they set it up. If you disable the click-and-click feature, you can still click by pressing the trackpad or pressing the buttons on it.

Many modern Windows laptops have Precision touchpads. If you have a laptop, you can configure touchpad settings and other touchpad settings directly from the Settings app in Windows 10.

How to disable or enable Tap to Click

To check if these features are available on your PC, go to Settings > Devices > Touchpad. (You can quickly open the Settings app by pressing Windows + i on your keyboard.)

In the Taps section, turn on or off the options «Tap with one finger with one click», «Tap with two fingers with the right mouse button», and «Tap twice and drag to select multiple times». The exact settings will depend on your computer. But if you don’t see them, your PC doesn’t have a Precision Touchpad and these settings need to be configured elsewhere.

Disabling touch in the Settings app in Windows 10.

If you don’t see any options here, you can click «Advanced Settings» under «Related Settings» in the Touchpad Settings panel.

Opening advanced touchpad settings in Windows 10.

This will usually open your touchpad settings panel in the old mouse properties window.

On an HP laptop with a Synaptics touchpad, we navigated to the ClickPad Settings panel. We can click «ClickPad Settings» to access the touchpad settings.

(You can also find these options by going to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Mouse and looking for the touchpad options added to this window of your laptop’s touchpad drivers. You’ll find them here on a Windows 7 PC.)

Launching Synaptics ClickPad settings on an HP laptop.

We can then turn off Tap or Two Finger Tap, Three Finger Tap, or Four Finger Tap completely. Finally, we can save the settings by clicking OK twice.

Disable touch in click in Synaptics Touchpad Preferences window.

Again, the exact options available, as well as the name of any settings here, will depend on your laptop manufacturer, touchpad configuration, and drivers used. While many laptops have Synaptics touchpads and will look something like this, some have ELAN touchpads.

In some cases, some laptops may not even offer an option to disable the button press. However, most laptops offer this option.

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