Touchpads vary from regular point and click to groovy multi-touch pressure sensitive ones. They make our lives easier and harder at the same time. If you own a laptop and use it pretty intensively, primarily for writing then you will know what a mess it is to be writing something and then suddenly mess up because your palm brushes the touchpad, moves the mouse pointer and…. Yeah you get it. It’s a real annoyance, isn’t it? Luckily, we’ve got some tips that will help you outsmart the touchpad and get it working the way you want to.
Step 1 – Downloading Touchpad Drivers
If you haven’t already, download and install the drivers for your touchpad, either from your laptop manufacturer’s website, or directly from Synaptics’ Official Driver Page. Never heard of Synaptics? Not surprising however their technology basically drives all Touchpads out there. Anyway, even though touchpads can function just fine on built-in Windows drivers, downloading a Synaptics driver will let you get more out of your touchpad, such as multi-touch, pressure sensitivity, advanced settings and more.
Step 2 – Opening The Driver Configuration Window
After installing the driver and rebooting your machine (depending on the type of driver), you should now have a new icon in your tray representing the driver.
It will look either like this:…
Double click on it and then (depending on your version of Windows) find an Options or Settings button and click it to get to the Configuration Window.
Step 3 – Disabling The Touchpad While Writing
Option One – Using PalmCheck
PalmCheck is a new technology which can be found on most of the new laptops coming out now. To tweak your PalmCheck setting, navigate to Pointing > Sensitivity > PalmCheck and then drag the slider left or right to adjust PalmCheck to your preference.
Option Two – Using Coasting
Most typing fails occur because of the scrolling area of the touchpad and its scrolling abilities. If you do not have PalmCheck on your touchpad, then you can use Coasting. To enable coasting, navigate to Scrolling > Two-Finger Scrolling (may be One-Finger Scrolling or other, depending on touchpad model) and click the Enable Coating checkbox.
After tweaking all settings to your preference, you can click Apply and then OK to exit out of the driver properties. You can now give typing another go, this time, hopefully, without any accidental touchpad presses.