Disable and Enable the touch pad of HP Probook

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The majority of the people that have an HP Pro book Laptop, are having problems with their touch pad. Sometimes, they will accidentally disable it, and they think their touch pad is broken because it is not working. Usually HP Pro book touch pad has a LED on the upper part. If the color of the LED is orange, it means that the touch pad has been disabled. Some users will accidentally disable the touch pad because the switch is located on the touch pad it self. This happens when you are trying to scroll and you accidentally tap the switch, located in the upper left part of the touch pad.

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Instructions

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    To enable the touch pad, you just need to double tap on the upper left part of your touch pad.
    Usually it has a small circle pivot on the upper left part of your touch pad.
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    You will see the light LED on your touch pad will turn from orange to blue.
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    The blue light will indicate that your touch pad is enabled.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • If double tapping the touch pad switch doesn't work, then you need to install the synaptic driver of your pro book touch pad.
  • If you don't have the installer of your synaptic driver, you can download it on HP website or you can Google and use this keyword "HP ProBook 4520 synaptic driver" just change the model to your pro book model

Advantages of Using the Touch Pad

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    You only need to carry your Laptop when you need to move your HP ProBook.
    You don't need to carry an extra mouse. Even when you are using an optical mouse, an additional piece to carry becomes inconvenient when you are traveling around with your Laptop.
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    You don't need a table to work on.
    If you are using an external mouse, it would be very difficult to use it when you are not working on a table, let's say just on your lap or on the bed. Also, if you are using your Laptop while you are mobile, let's say in the car, train, or plane, using a mouse would require an additional space, which is not convenient. A small space will usually do if you are using the touch pad.
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    You don't need to worry about mouse pads or choosing particular types of surfaces that work well with the mouse.
    If you have been using a mouse for a long time, you will be very familiar with the problem of the mouse not gliding properly on certain surfaces.
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    You reduce the likelihood of repetitive pain in your wrist.
    This is a very common problem encountered when using the mouse for long periods of time. The muscles in the wrist get strained and you feel the pain for several days.
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Disadvantages of Using the Touch Pad

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    If the touch pad fails, you would have to have it repaired together with the whole Laptop.
    If you are only relying on one Laptop, there will be some disturbance in your schedule. On the other hand, if you are using a mouse and the mouse fails to work, you only need to replace the mouse.
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    If your hand is rather sticky or sweaty, it may affect the way you are able to control your cursor.
    A touch pad may be rather sensitive in terms of how your finger touches the pad. If there's oil or other substances, it may not be able to work the way it usually does.
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    There are touch pads that are extremely sensitive to the movement of your hand as you type through the keyboard.
    If you are not used to your Laptop, the most common problem is that you unintentionally move your cursor as you type because your hand movements are affecting the touch pad. You will be able to adjust to this after some practice, and this won't be a problem anymore.
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    If you are not used to using a touch pad, you may find it rather slow at the beginning.
    You will feel that you are able to explore through your mouse faster because you are comfortable with it.
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    If you are surfing or scrolling through a document and you have to make several clicks simultaneously, it is not convenient to do so with the touch pad.
    This remains to be the case even if you've enabled your touch pad to be able to click as you tap on it. The way you grip on the mouse while you move it and the position of your fingers as you hold it, allows for easier point-and-click process as compared to the touch pad.
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Questions and Answers

My touchpad is disabled and the LED is off. How can I turn it back on?

My regular mouse works. This happened once before though I can't recall how I sorted it out.

If your HP ProBook touchpad is not working, but your regular mouse is, it may be malfunctioning. Try the steps in the great VisiHow article above to re-enable your touchpad. Then, restart your computer. Once your HP ProBook has booted back up, check to see that the touchpad LED light is back on. If it is, and it's blue, you will be able to use the touchpad again. If it is back on and it is orange, you will need to run through the steps in the VisiHow article above. If it turns blue, you're all set to use your touchpad again. However, if the LED light on your touchpad does not turn on after you've restarted your computer, you will need to follow these instructions to see if you can re-enable the touchpad through Windows:

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    Click the Start button in the lower left-hand corner of your display.
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    Click Control panel.
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    Click Icon View.
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    Click Mouse.
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    Click Touchpad Settings.
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    Click the option titled "Touchpad Enable."
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Your computer will now give you instructions on how to set up your touchpad. Follow them. Your touchpad should now work. If it still doesn't work, you will need to contact HP customer support line to speak to a customer service representative who will troubleshoot the issue further. If they cannot help you over the phone, they will schedule a repair or replacement for your computer. Depending on your warranty status and the severity of the issue, you may have to pay for the repairs or replacement.

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Double-tapping the LED light on the laptop doesn't work

If your notebook refuses to turn off the touchpad with double-tapping the LED button, then you can resort to one of the methods below.

  • If your laptop model is different, then there might be a switch at the edge of the laptop or a keyboard shortcut. For example, "Fn" + "F7". You will need to consult your laptop manual available on the web site of the manufacturer or as a paper manual that came with your laptop.
  • There might be a touchpad icon in the system tray in the lower-right corner. Double-click or right-click it to see the options. It might be possible to disable the touchpad there.
  • Press the Windows key and type "mouse". Press "Enter". You might find a way to disable the touchpad in the opened window.
  • The method that should work for all of the laptops is pressing the Windows key + "Pause - Break". Then, click "Device Manager". Expand "Mice and other pointing devices" by clicking it. Right-click the touchpad icon. Click "Disable". Confirm it. This will disable the mouse.
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I have nothing that shows me touch-pad or touchscreen or click-pad settings?

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My touchpad is no longer working. The LED light is not on?

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Touch pad stops working intermittently. What can I do?

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The mouse pad on my HP laptop is no longer functioning?

The mouse pad on my HP laptop is no longer functioning. There is a constant yellow light appearing on the mouse pad and quite simply does not function at all.

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Sir my mouse pad is not working?

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I just got a used ProBook 6465b and when I type on the keyboard it does all kinds of crazy things, it jumps my curser to other places in my text. I want to disable it, but when I try the general tips of how to disable it doesn't seem to work. Can you help?

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