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PostPoints tip: 'tap to click' still troublesome

Most Windows laptops come preset to interpret a tap of their touchpads as a mouse click--which can be convenient if you're used to that behavior, exasperating otherwise. To add to the exasperation factor, different manufacturers hide their tap-to-click controls in different places. So here's an update to a Help File item I wrote two years ago. First, find the Mouse Properties window: In Windows XP, go to the Start menu, select Control Panel, click "Printers and Other Hardware" and then "Mouse"; in Windows Vista and 7, hit the Start menu, select Control Panel, and type "Mouse" in the search box at that window's top-right corner. In the Mouse Properties window, a tab not labeled "Buttons," "Pointers," "Pointer Options," "Wheel" or "Hardware," should hide your laptop's touchpad settings.... but since vendors use their own software, you'll have to click around until you see an item labeled "tap to click." (Tip for Microsoft: Next time you update Windows, include a standard control for this.)

(What's this "PostPoints tip" business about? Since July, I've been archiving each tip-of-the-week e-mail we send to PostPoints members under this blog's "Tips" category. Today's item went out on Sept. 21.)

By Rob Pegoraro  | September 27, 2010; 8:18 AM ET
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