Modern Windows laptops are equipped with better touchpads. Windows 10 supports close to a dozen of touchpad gestures, and these new touchpad gestures help you get your job done faster.
One can turn on or off and configure various touchpad settings in Windows 10 provided that the right touchpad driver is installed. For example, you can configure the touchpad to launch Cortana with three finger tap.
If you have changed many settings of the touchpad or if the touchpad is not working well, you can try resetting touchpad settings to factory defaults.
In this guide, we will see how to reset touchpad settings to defaults without using any third-party tool.
Please note that this guide is for Synaptics touchpads but the instructions are more or less the same for other touchpads as well. So, irrespective of the touchpad on your Windows 10 laptop, you can follow these directions to reset the touchpad.
Resetting Windows 10 touchpad settings
Here is how to reset your Windows 10 touchpad or trackpad settings.
Step 1: Open Settings app. Navigate to Devices > Mouse & touchpad.
Step 2: Under Related settings, click Additional mouse options link to open the classic Mouse Properties dialog.
Step 3: Switch to the last tab labeled after your laptop’s OEM name or touchpad manufacturer’s name. In my ThinkPad, the last tab is ThinkPad.
On your PC, the last tab could be ClickPad, ClickPad settings or Device Settings.
Step 4: Click Settings (see the picture above) to open touchpad Control Panel or similar window with all touchpad settings.
Step 5: Under the General or Advanced tab, you will find Restore All Defaults button. Click Restore All Defaults, and then click OK when you see the confirmation dialog to reset all touchpad settings to factory defaults.
You can open the touchpad control panel again to configure touchpad gestures and other settings.
You might also like to read our 3 ways to disable touchpad in Windows 10 guide.