How to Enable and Disable Touchpad on Lenovo Laptop? Complete Guide In 2023

Lenovo is a famous laptop brand that offers a sleek design, high performance, excellent battery, all required ports, and great display laptops. The keyboard is unbeatable, and so is the touchpad, keeping in view the ergonomics.

Sometimes, the touchpad stops working and won’t respond to any gestures. It can occur because of outdated drivers of touchpads. If you don’t have an external mouse, it will leave you in despair. Some of its models have an additional Trackpoint between G & H keys that you can use if your touchpad stops working.

However, you can enable and disable the touchpad on a Lenovo laptop by using keyboard shortcuts, using additional settings, disabling the touchpad drivers, using BIOS, and changing the touchpad’s sensitivity to help you disable the touchpad. If you find your touchpad frozen, it can be due to an external device conflict, faulty hardware, or simply mistakenly disabling the touchpad.

What may be the reason? Today we will explore all the possible methods you can use to enable and disable the touchpad on your Lenovo laptop. There are different methods to do so, each depending on the nature of the problem. 

4 Methods to Enable and Disable Lenovo Laptop Touchpad

Below are 4 different methods you can use to enable/disable the touchpad on your Lenovo laptop. I recommend you follow these steps in sequence. 

Enable/Disable Touchpad Using Keyboard 

How to Enable and Disable Touchpad on Lenovo Laptop

There is a dedicated touchpad key in Lenovo laptops. If you have mistakenly pressed that key on the keyboard, it would have disabled the touchpad. You can use the same key to enable the touchpad. This key is highly likely to be placed in the Function series. Look for a key that has a “Touchpad” like icon and press it while keeping pressed the “Fn” key. For instance, my Lenovo Thinkpad, “F6,” is the key responsible for enabling/disabling the touchpad. So I have to press “Fn+F6” to enable and disable the touchpad. In some models, it’s the F5 key.

Using Windows Settings

If your touchpad is locked and doesn’t accept gestures, and you can’t find that key on your keyboard, it is better to find settings to enable the touchpad. Because your touchpad is not working, connect an external mouse or use the Trackpoint (if your laptop has one) and head to Settings.

  • Go to Start Menu
  • Write Settings in the search bar and click on it
  • Go to Devices
  • Locate the touchpad, and ensure that it is set to on

Conflict With External Mouse

It is essential to check the settings of your Mouse. Sometimes, by default, the settings disable the touchpad whenever an external mouse is connected. To verify if this is the case with you, follow the below-mentioned steps.

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Open Hardware and Mouse, and click on Mouse.
  • If you find an option to disable the touchpad when an external mouse is connected, immediately turn it off. 

Update Touchpad Drivers

If your touchpad stops working, it is probably due to outdated drives. So all you need is to update the drivers of your Lenovo touchpad. 

  • Go to Control Panel
  • Search for Device Manager, and click on it
  • You can find your touchpad under Human Interface Devices (it may vary according to model)
  • Right-click on it and select Update Driver. 
  • It will probably resolve the issue. If the problem is persistent, uninstall the drivers and reinstall them manually.
Here are all the methods explained in the video format, if in case you prefer watching over reading. Thanks to Lenovo Support for such an amazing guide.

Additional Steps

The steps mentioned earlier will likely resolve your issue with the touchpad. If it doesn’t work out for you, try the following steps, and hopefully, it will resolve your issue. 

Restart Your PC

Simply restarting your PC will resolve ~90% of your IT-related issues. It is a million-dollar life hack anyone can teach you. In the case of your Lenovo laptop touchpad, restart your PC, and if this issue is not related to faulty hardware, it will resolve it. I didn’t mention this step earlier because when your touchpad isn’t working, you might have some pending work that is crucial to saving first. While restarting won’t give you room to keep your ongoing work. 

Check for Windows Updates

It is unlikely to happen, but when your Windows are not up to date, it can also create problems with your PC’s performance. While facing a touchpad issue, updating your Windows OS to the latest firmware is optional.

Contact Lenovo Customer Support

It is a hardware issue if you are still facing this issue after trying out all the methods listed above. You should contact Lenovo support and get your touchpad repaired by the experts. Remember, there is no soft solution for hardware-related problems. 

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Conclusion

Lenovo laptops have an additional TrackPoint that is helpful when your touchpad is not working. You can also connect an external mouse to resolve the issue of the Lenovo Touchpad not working. The keyboard shortcut key is the easiest and most obvious solution for enabling the touchpad.

In case your keyboard doesn’t have that key, sneak into Windows settings and check if the touchpad is set to disable when an external mouse is connected. Uncheck it. Restarting your PC will help immensely, and an updated Windows version will help you resolve the issue.