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Socoder -> Hardware and Technology -> Using a Touchpad

Posted : Sunday, 15 March 2020, 14:36

Using a Touchpad

Windows updated my Touchpad driver again, managing to reset ALL of my settings like it always does, back to the default with the "tap" mode enabled.
I purposely buy laptops with clicky mouse buttons because I dislike how inaccurate tap clicking can be, and how easily I can accidentally click things due to the way I lift my finger all the time when using the touchpad.
And yet, every time it updates, back the settings go...

|!!ARGH| RAWR!! |ARGH!!|

I also had to disable horizontal scroll, again, because... Man, that doesn't work well! It's far too sensitive, and slows down normal scrolling. Same with Pinch/zoom and other fancy things that the touchpad "could" do, if it wasn't actually a bit shite at doing them.

Oh, and don't get me started on "No input for a second, if you hit a key on the keyboard".. God damn, that setting can burn up and die!!

What are your preferred touchpad settings?
Or are you sticking with a mouse?

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Posted : Sunday, 15 March 2020, 17:12
I've used touchpads out of necessity when travelling with a laptop, and while it's not usually an *awful* experience, it's definitely frustrating at times. Definitely prefer to use a mouse and will do so whenever possible.

When I was younger, there was a short period where I had a laptop but no mouse, and was trying to play some FPS games with the touchpad for a little while. That was certainly... and experience. Mouse ftw!

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Posted : Monday, 16 March 2020, 01:13
FPS games with touchpads is not fun at all!

I still keep discovering new features of touchpads. I have 2 click buttons but last year I discovered that ticking the touchpad with 2 fingers is the right mouse button.

I have no room here for a mouse so the touchpad wil have to do. I did buy a joypad for minecraft as the touchpad was not really working with that one.
Posted : Monday, 16 March 2020, 03:14
I ignore my touchpad completely and ensure I turn it back to off after every Windows update (they always turn it back on. Why? FFS).

Mouse all the way for me.
Posted : Monday, 16 March 2020, 08:02
On my last update, Windows decided that my Microsoft Arc Mouse that I have been using for a few months now, was in fact really my old Apple Magic Mouse which has been setting in its box for those same few months. Then shortly after that, maybe 15-30 minutes into using the laptop, that I in fact had no bluetooth adapter!!

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Posted : Monday, 16 March 2020, 08:03
Aaah, Windows. We try to love you, but you make it so hard, sometimes...

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