How to Raise Your Touchpad Sensitivity

by Aaron Parson

You can adjust the sensitivity of your touchpad in two ways. Using Windows Control Panel, you can make the cursor move further with the same amount of motion on the pad, but this can also make it more difficult to aim the pointer accurately. If you have a Synaptics touchpad -- the most common brand -- you can also adjust the touchpad's pressure sensitivity, changing how hard you need to touch the pad before it picks up movement.

Cursor Movement Speed

Open the Mouse control panel in Windows by searching for "Mouse" on the Start screen. If you don't have the Windows 8.1 update, you'll need to click "Settings" on the search bar to see the Control Panel. Open the "Pointer Options" tab in the Control Panel and drag the "Select a pointer speed" bar to the right to raise sensitivity. This setting will also affect any USB mice you connect.

Synaptics Pressure Sensitivity

If you have a Synaptics touchpad, you will see an additional tab in the Mouse control panel labelled "Device Settings." Open this tab and click "Settings." Click the triangle next to Pointing to expand the menu. Select "Sensitivity" and then click the gear icon. Drag the slider to the left to raise sensitivity, making your touchpad work with a lighter touch.

Warning

Information in this article applies to Windows 8 and version 16 Synaptics drivers. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.

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Aaron Parson has been writing about electronics, software and games since 2006, contributing to several technology websites and working with NewsHour Productions. Parson holds a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

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