How to Configure TouchPad Sensitivity in Windows 10

Having played with my parents laptops as a kid, I can tell you how laptops from 90s used to come with a myriad of pointer devices – trackballs, trackpoints, accupoints, and touchpads in all sorts of shapes. Today, you don’t see any of those crazy inventions being used in laptops except touchpad which is the only one that can be seen in all the laptops.

Of all these touchpads, a large number are manufactured by Synaptics and then you sometimes also come across touchpads produced by Alps or Elan and others. While the driver software of various manufacturers provide you with many different options. You can configure touchpad sensitivity for all these touchpads irrespective of the manufacturer in Windows 10. Here is how:

  1. Click on the Start icon and select Settings from the menu that shows up. Alternatively, you can use the hotkey Win+I for the same.Windows 10 Settings
  2. From the settings window, select Devices.
  3. Select Touchpad and then select touchpad sensitivity from the dropdown listbox – Low sensitivity, Medium sensitivity, High sensitivity, and Most sensitive.Windows 10 Touchpad Sensitivity

This setting is useful if for two cases. First, if your touchpad is highly sensitive and is causing problem when you are typing and your fingers or palms accidentally brush up against the touchpad. Second, if your laptop’s touchpad is not sensitive and you have to tap two times or tap harder to make it work. In the first case, you can lower the touchpad sensitivity so that touchpad does not activate with accidental touches. And in the second case, you can increase the touchpad sensitivity to make it spring up into action quicker.

It must be mentioned that while Microsoft recognized all the touchpad devices in your laptop, it is recommended that you install the OEM supplied drivers for your touchpad as they often make the touchpad work much more smoothly and have a large number of options that you can configure.