How to Unlock the Gateway NV79 Laptop Cursor

by Mike Benson

While your Gateway NV79 laptop has a touchpad to enable computer navigation while you're on the go, it also provides the ability to use a USB mouse. If someone has connected a mouse to your laptop, he may have disabled the touchpad. If he left you without a mouse, your cursor will be locked in place on the screen whenever you attempt to use the touchpad. Fortunately you can re-enable the touchpad using only your keyboard; however, connecting a USB mouse to your laptop will make the process easier.

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Press the “Windows” button on your keyboard to display the Start menu. Type “Main.cpl” in the Search Programs and Files field and press “Enter.” This opens a Mouse Properties window on your screen.

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Click the Device Settings tab if you have a mouse. If not, press the “Tab” key once to highlight the Buttons tab and then press the “right arrow” key to navigate to the Device Settings tab.

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Press the “Tab” key to highlight the “Enable” button and press “Enter.” If using a mouse, simply click the “Enable” button.

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Press “Tab” to highlight “Yes” on the confirmation dialogue and press “Enter.” If you are using a mouse, click the “Yes” button. The touchpad should now be unlocked.

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Click the “Apply” and “OK” buttons to save and close.

About the Author

Mike Benson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has authored tech guides on eHow as well as product and game reviews on a number of websites. Benson has focused his career in information technology and is educated in COMPTIA A+, electronics, A, B, C networking, search engine evaluation and programming. Benson has a certification of computer fundamentals and literacy.