How to Fix Left, Right Click Touchpad Issues in Windows 10, 8, 8.1

Andrew Wafer
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Have you recently updated your device to Windows 10, 8 or Windows 8.1 and have you noticed issues with the touchpad? If you can’t properly use your touchpad on Windows 10, 8 or Windows 8.1 then use the troubleshooting solution which is being explained during the guidelines from below and learn how to easily resolve all your problems.

In the past, we have reported that Lenovo users especially have been affected by problems with their touchpad on Windows 10, 8 and Windows 8.1, and now we’re going to talk about some general tips that you can follow. First of all, don’t forget to restart your laptop and then run a full system scan. Malware may also cause this problem, so make sure to rule out this possibility first. If the problem persists, follow the instructions listed below.

Fix Windows 10, 8, 8.1 Touchpad Issues

1. Check delay settings

  • On your Start Screen press “Win + W” keyboard buttons in order to open the search sequence.
  • Now, on the search box type “Mouse and Touchpad Settings”.
  • Take a look over the Touchpad section. You should notice that there is a delay menu.touchpad win 8
  • From that dropdown menu select “No Delay (always on)“.
  • Done, now all you have to do is to test your touchpad in order to see if the problem has been successfully removed.

2. Update your drivers

Make sure that you’ve updated your touchpad drivers. Running outdated touchpad drivers may cause various issues when using the right/ left click buttons. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Go to Start > type ‘device manager’ > double click on Device Manager
  2. Locate your touchpad drivers > expand the list
  3. Right click on the driver > select Update driverupdate touchpad driver
  4. Wait until the process is complete and then restart your computer > check if the problem persists. If this is the case, you can also uninstall the driver completely.

— RELATED: How to access advanced touchpad settings in Windows 10

3. Disconnect all peripherals

Many users reported that disconnecting all peripherals may fix this issue. It seems that various conflicts may sometimes arise between your laptop’s touchpad and the peripherals connected to your machine. So, go ahead, unplug all the pieces of hardware connected to your laptop, reboot the machine and test if you can use your touchpad. Then connect your peripherals one by one to detect which one is causing the conflict.

4. Get a new touchpad

If all three solutions failed to work, maybe it’s time to buy a new touchpad. We also have a dedicated list on the best touchpads to purchase for your Windows computer, so don’t forget to check it out as well.

So, that’s how you can easily fix the Windows 10, 8 and Windows 8.1 touchpad (left / right click) problem, without using custom apps or risky procedures. Do feedback us and use the comments field from below for sharing your results with us and with our readers – also stay close for further Windows 8 and 8.1 related tips, tricks and tutorials.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2014 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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