I’m not a big fan of touchpads, but I do use the touchpad on my Acer Aspire when I forget to bring a mouse along or am too lazy to plug it in. One thing that almost drove me mad about the touchpad on the Acer Aspire is the Tap and Drag (Click and Drag) feature that’s enabled by default. Tap the pad twice, and you’re in drag mode. Unfortunately, 99% of the time I was in drag mode was unintentional.
If you find Tap and Drag to be one big drag, disable it. Here’s how:
- Head to the Windows Control Panel and click Printers and Other Hardware.
- Click Mouse.
- Click Device Settings.
- Make sure Synaptic TouchPad is selected, and click Settings.
- Click the plus sign next to Tapping.
- Click Tap and Drag.
- Click Tap again and hold to drag to remove the check from the box.
- Click OK to save your changes and OK again too close the Mouse Settings dialog box.
If you still feel that Tap and Drag is on, you probably have Tap and Scroll enabled. With Tap and Scroll, if you tap twice in a scroll area on your screen – typically a narrow strip on the right or bottom inside the window you’re working in, this locks scrolling in place, so when you move your finger, what’s inside the window scrolls left or right or up or down.
To turn off Tap and Scroll, perform the same steps provided above, but this time, in Step 5, click Virtual Scrolling, and remove the check from any boxes that are checked.