If you accidentally change a touchpad setting, if your touchpad is acting up, or if you want a fresh start without customizations, you can reset your touchpad settings to the default in Windows 10.
Most laptops these days come with touchpads that do a lot more than click and scroll. They incorporate two, three, and even four-finger gestures to help navigate your Windows machine with ease. You can assign those gestures to features that open up Cortana, switch between active windows, and open your action center. In addition, you’re able to change the scroll sensitivity or whether or not to disable the touchpad when you connect an external mouse. If you’ve done a bunch of customizing and want to start over, or if you’re experiencing trouble, resetting to the default options can help.
How to Reset Your Touchpad to Default Settings
How you reset your touchpad to its default settings depends on whether you have additional manufacturer drivers for your touchpad installed and which manufacturer built the touchpad.
In Windows 10, you can configure touchpad settings in two places: the Windows Settings app and on specialized tool provided by your touchpad manufacturer’s drivers (if you have them installed). Unfortunately, these two different apps aren’t always smart enough to sync up with one another. So, for example, if you’ve made changes in Windows Settings and the manufacturer’s tool, you’ll need to reset them in both places.
In Windows Settings, it’s super easy. Hit Windows+I to open the Settings app. On the main page, click the “Devices” category.
If you’ve also got touchpad software from the manufacturer installed, you’ll need to reset your touchpad settings there, too.
On many laptops, you can find an icon for that software in your system tray. Click the “Show Hidden Icons” arrow on the left end of the tray and look for an icon that resembles a touch pad. Click or double-click that (different manufacturers do that differently) to open your touch pad settings.
If you don’t see an icon there, you can also get to those settings through the Windows Settings app. Back on that same Touch pad tab where you reset your Windows touch pad settings, scroll down a bit more and click the “Additional Settings” link.