Winston from Canada writes:
I have a laptop with Windows XP. I cannot figure out how to stop the tap on the touchpad. Every time I move the cursor, I keep clicking on stuff I don’t want. How do I eliminate that so I can just use left & right click buttons? Thank you for your help.
The feature you’re talking about is called tapping, which allows you to tap on the touchpad to select something on screen. The good news is you should be able to disable the tapping feature in the touchpad settings.
For Synaptics Touchpads (the most popular model)
Start by clicking on the Start Button then clicking on Control Panel. Double-click on mouse. In the mouse screen, go to the device settings tab and then click settings.
Click on the Tapping menu item on the left and uncheck the Enable Tapping box. Click Apply then click OK.
For other model touchpads:
Start by clicking on the Start Button then clicking on Control Panel. Double-click on mouse. In the mouse screen go to the device settings screen. This may also be listed under touchpad or trackpad. Once in that screen, look for an option which shows tapping or tap to click and uncheck or disable it, then click apply then click OK.
Your touchpad should now just be for moving the mouse and should not work to click on icons. To re-enable tapping just reverse the directions.