Updated: 10/02/2017 by Computer Hope

Laptop touchpadAlternatively referred to as a glide pad, glide point, pressure sensitive tablet, or trackpad, a touchpad is an input device on laptops and some keyboards to move a cursor with your finger. It can be used in place of an external mouse.

A touchpad is operated by using your finger and dragging it across the flat surface of the touchpad. As you move your finger on the surface, the mouse cursor moves in that same direction. Like most computer mice, the touchpad also has two buttons below the touch surface that allows you to left-click or right-click.

How to scroll using the touchpad

Scrolling with a touchpad can be done using one of the following methods.

  • Place the mouse cursor on the vertical scroll bar, located on the right side of the program window, then press the left touchpad button. While continuing to press the left button, drag your finger downward on the touchpad to move the scrollbar down.
  • If enabled in the touchpad settings, place two fingers on the touchpad and drag them up or down.
  • Some touchpads have a vertical scroll area built into the touchpad on the left or right side, often having an up and down arrow at the top and bottom of that area respectively. Moving your finger up and down in this section of the touchpad allows you to scroll.

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