How To Configure Synaptics TouchPad Settings In Windows 7

Laptop users most often have to use built-in touchpad for using the laptop on the go. Depending upon your usability, you may like to customize Synaptics touchpad settings on your own, like adjustment in sensitivity, enabling coasting to read long documents, scroll speed settings, enable slow motion for improved pointing accuracy for fine positioning and etc.


Here is how you can configure Synaptics TouchPad (Pointing Device) settings.

A) Configure Button Settings for Touch Pad

1. Click Start—> Control Panel

2. Make sure you have set view to “Large icons” or “Small icons”. Scroll through the list and then click on
“Mouse” item.


3. In Mouse Properties window, click on “Buttons”.

4. In Buttons configuration section, click on drop down list and select “Synaptics TouchPad…..”


It lets you choose the type of mouse you need including “Right-handed” and “Left-handed”.


You can adjust double-click speed of mouse by moving the slider as shown in the screen-shot below. You can test it by clicking on the folder icon in the “Double Click Speed” section.


Turning ClickLock ‘ON’ lets you highlight or drag without the need of holding down the mouse button.


B) Configure Synaptics Device Settings

You can access Device settings by clicking on “Device Settings” tab as shown in screen-shot below.

device-settingsIf you always use a external USB mouse and hence would like to disable Synaptics Touch pad, you need to click on “Disable” button as shown in image below.


To access more settings click on “Settings…” button shown in above image.

In the Properties for Synaptics TouchPad…” settings page, you can configure almost each and every aspect of your pointing device settings.

In Virtual Scrolling section, you can enable coasting which lets you scroll easily through long documents without the need of pressing and holding the touch pad. To put in scroll mode, just move and lift your finger. Automatic scrolling will take place at your specified speed. Move slider to control speed of scrolling as shown in below screen-shot.


You can adjust touch sensitivity in “Sensitivity” section as shown in screen-shot below. Moving the slider towards “Heavy Touch” means you need to press touch pad with more greater force for performing a pointing device function.


Go ahead and explore many other settings by selecting an item from left pane.

C) Remove Synaptics icon from tray

Finally, If you seldom use Synaptics settings, it’s better you remove it’s icon shown in taskbar.  synaptics-icon-taskbarIn the Mouse Settings, click on “Device Settings” tab and then check the radio button “Remove tray icon from taskbar”.


4. Click “Ok” to save changes. You can immediately see icon disappear from system tray.

Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.

  • Thats just what i ve been looking for,
    You made my day, thanks.

  • Rod Coelho

    Right now when merely pass the pointer over an executable file the program is executed. I only want the program to run when I click on it. How do I do that?

  • thanks

  • M. H. Leader

    You do realize, I hope, that disabling the touchpad by clicking that disable button on the device properties panel only works for a few minutes…then the damned thing re-enables itself. If the system goes to sleep…it wakes up with the touchpad re-enabled. If you just work on the system for 20 or 30 minutes…the touchpad re-eanbles itself without warning. If you re-boot the system…the touchpad re-enables itself.

    Whatever happened to the “disable touchpad if mouse connected” button? That used to be on Win 8 and it has gone away. I want that back!!!!

    Is there ANY way to force the touchpad to disable itself and STAY disabled if there is a mouse connected? I’m getting desperate here!

  • Ray

    I want the mouse set for left handed and the touchpad for right handed. I can set them both for either left or right, but I can’t figure out how to set the mouse one way and the touchpad the other. How do I do that?

  • Joe

    I have a little problem with touchpad sensitivity. I have moved the slider to “Light Touch” but my touchpad is not as sensitive as I wish. It is better than before, but not as sensitive as I wish. What can I do to make it more sensitive than “light touch”. I’ll be thankful for any help.

  • CJ

    5 years later, and you’re still helping people out! Thank you very much =)

  • Greg Unger

    How do I get my Synaptics Touchpad to 1) load automatically, and to 2) scroll ?