If you have an external mouse you can use that for the time being, in order to solve this problem.
Find out who made your computer, and go to their website (Google helps here).
Usually you can get to a search box on their website, use that to search your laptop's model number (usually located on the bottom side). Search that model, and look for the page that looks most relevant.
There should be a link in the navigation called Download/Drivers (you might have to look around a bit for it, each company's website is a lot different), click that and look for your Operating system, and then select the TouchPad driver. Download and install that application, and then restart.
This will reinstall your touchpad's software that might aid in putting it back into action.
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You should not have any reason for turning it off except if you have a mouse connected. If you have a mouse connected and you turn the touchpad off, the mouse is now your primary device until the next restart. Technically you are suppose to use one or the other not both at the same time.
You probably just need to reinstall the touchpad drivers. First, find the Dell Service Tag # (usually on the bottom of the laptop). Go to www.dell.com - near the bottom middle click the link under Support called "Drivers and Downloads". Click "Enter a Tag" and enter your Service Tag #. On the next page, select your Operating System and down below you will see a section for Input Device Drivers (probably a Synaptics driver). Download and install that driver and you should be able to use your touchpad again. Let me know if this helps. Thanks.
some laptops have a switch that turns off the touch pad (usually a button right on the topside of the touchpad)
did you reboot completely? full shutdown, then power on?
goto the device manager (with a usb mouse of course) and find the touchpad... delete the device... then reboot again it should try and find the touchpad and ask for the driver, point it to the directory that you have the driver located.
Do you mean the touchpad or a USB mouse? if its a usb mouse try another usb port, is it wireless? if its wireless check the battery.
if its the touchpad it may be turned off, to turn it on hold down the blue FN button and look at the F1 to F12 keys, one of them has a touchpad icon and it will disable and enable the touch pad, don't worry if your not sure try them all if you wish. You will probably learn something new while your doing it :-)
the scroll in a touch pad has nothing to do with the touch pad. It is the software that handles it. If you know what software or drivers you need, try reinstalling it. I can't help you to much with that part. All I know is that your pad is perfectly fine.
Hello my name is Jei and I hope this helps you out.
Some touchpads have a button located above them. Usualy a small bar. This turns the pad on and off.
Otherwise you may be able to disable the touchpad in the bios. (Consult manual for specific instructions)
Another way is to place a thick piece of paper or cardboard over the touchpad area and securing it with clear tape or a nice sticker.
Alternative methods include taking the computer apart and disconnecting the touch pad, but this should only be done by someone who understands who a laptop comes apart and has the space and tools to do it properly.