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Why can't I use my touchpad and the keyboard simultaneously?

Asked by muligrubs (10 points ) February 1st, 2010

I’m sure this isn’t typical on most laptops but mine (if it is the laptop and not the OS) won’t allow me to use the touchpad if I have a key held down. While this is only a problem when I’m gaming and without a mouse (a rare occurrence), I would like to know if there’s a solution. I’m using Windows 7 if that helps.

Thanks in advance.

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torch81's avatar

Happens on mine too. I guess they figure that you don’t have three hands.

muligrubs's avatar

It’s strange. My Vaio never had this problem…

wenn's avatar

some computers have a limit to how many simultaneous inputs it can handle. for example 2 keys at the same time works but not 3.

perhaps your computer has a problem handling simultaneous key and touchpad inputs.

jrpowell's avatar

On a Mac this is something that you can turn on and off. It is meant to prevent your palm from triggering the trackpad while you type. I’m sure there is a similar option in Windows.

daemonelson's avatar

Yes, there is an option for this in windows 7. I had a big mac vs windows argument with someone and we touched upon this. I’m the mac though, so I’ve no idea exactly where to go for it. I’ll have a look around.

jerv's avatar

If it were my system, I would check the trackpad settings. The Synaptics trackpad (a fairly common one) has a setting to ignore the trackpad when typing, or at least require a certain amount of pressure to avoid unintentionally moving the pointer while typing. Maybe yours is set too strictly and thus ignores shift/ctrl-clicks.

Just a thought.

Sithdk's avatar

Press start. Go to the control panel. Click on hardware and Sound (or whatever yours may say). Click on mouse. Go to device settings. Select the touchpad your using. Press settings. Select pointing. Select sensitivity. Select Palm Check. Change to minimum. That should do it.

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