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Every time I type my cursor goes automatically to somewhere else. How do I turn off the touch pad on my laptop so it is not so sensitive?

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Hi, You can adjust the sensitivity of the touchpad by going to Control Panel > Mouse > Device Settings > Settings > Touch Sensitivity.

Hope this helps

Chris (ziraffa)

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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