Dell Laptop Touchpad Not Working On Windows 11 (Try these 3 FIXES)

Stuart Williams
By Stuart Williams 7 Min Read
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You know, sometimes our tech toys, like Dell laptops, act a little funky. The touchpad, that thing you use instead of a mouse, can sometimes give us a bit of a headache. This might be because of little software hiccups, some updates (looking at you, Windows 11), or just because it feels like taking a day off. 😜 But hey, don’t worry. I’ve got your back! We’ll get that touchpad up and running in no time.

  1. Switch It Off and On: Yep, the old “turn it off and turn it back on” trick. Just go to your Windows settings and disable and then enable the touchpad. Surprisingly, this works more often than not!
  2. Still No Luck? Try restarting your laptop. If that doesn’t do the trick, maybe reset the BIOS to its original settings or update the touchpad driver. This usually clears up any pesky issues.

Did you know that there’s a button that can turn off your touchpad? Oops! Let’s make sure you didn’t accidentally hit that.

  1. The Magic Combo: On many Dell laptops, there’s a special key just for the touchpad. Look for a key with a little touchpad picture on it. Hold the ‘Fn’ key (usually at the bottom of your keyboard) and press that touchpad key. This can wake up a snoozing touchpad!
  2. Don’t See a Special Key? No Worries! Here’s another way to check, and it comes straight from the Dell gurus themselves:
    • Press the Windows Key (it looks like a wavy window) and the letter Q at the same time.
    • Type “Touch settings” in the search bar that pops up, and click to open it.
    • Scroll a bit and find “More touchpad settings.” Give that a click.
    • Then, go for the “Click to Change Dell Touchpad settings” option.
    • Make sure the touchpad shows as “enabled” here. If not, switch it on!

Disable and Enable Touchpad

Okay, so the easiest way to fix things sometimes is just to turn them off and then back on again. It’s like giving your touchpad a mini nap! 😴➡️😀 Here’s how to do it on Windows 11:

  1. Press the Windows key (it’s the one with a wavy window picture) and the letter I together. This opens up your settings.
  2. Now, click on Bluetooth & devices on the left side. Keep scrolling till you find “Touchpad.” It should be there!
  3. There’s a switch there. Flip it to Off.
  4. Chill for a minute. Maybe hum your favorite song. 🎶
  5. Alright, time’s up! Flip that switch back On.

Restart your Laptop

If your touchpad’s still being a bit lazy, let’s try giving your laptop a fresh start. And hey, if your touchpad’s not listening to you, we’ll use the keyboard! Here’s how:

  1. At the same time, press Ctrl, Alt, and Del on your keyboard. This brings up a menu.
  2. Now, use those arrow keys to scroll down and find Restart.
  3. Press Enter and let your laptop take a short break. When it wakes up, hopefully, your touchpad will be in a better mood!

If after all this, your touchpad is still acting all mysterious, don’t worry! We’ve got more tricks up our sleeves! Let me know if you need more help! 🚀

Restore BIOS to Defaults

So, imagine your laptop has this secret clubhouse called the BIOS. Sometimes, it needs a little tidy up to make everything work better. Here’s how you can clean up:

  1. Enter the Clubhouse: Restart your laptop. As it’s waking up, tap the F2 key. It’s like the secret knock!
  2. Once inside, look on the left side and click on Settings.
  3. Find and click on Restore Settings. It’s like a big reset button.
  4. A new window will pop up! Choose BIOS Defaults and hit OK. Easy, right?

Update TouchPad Driver

Think of drivers as the language your touchpad speaks. Maybe your touchpad’s speaking Windows 10, but now your laptop’s talking Windows 11. They need to be on the same page! Here’s how:

  1. Press Windows key + R. It’s like opening a magic box called ‘Run’.
  2. Type in devmgmt.msc and hit Enter. It’s like the magic word to open another special clubhouse.
  3. Find where it says Mice and other pointing devices and click on the little arrow next to it.
  4. Now, right-click on your touchpad (you’ll know it when you see it).
  5. Choose Update driver. It’s like asking, “Hey, got any new cool tricks?”
  6. Click on Search automatically for the drivers and follow the steps. Your laptop will handle the rest!

Wrapping It Up! 🎉

Okay, so we’ve gone on quite the tech journey together, haven’t we? From giving our touchpad mini naps to diving into secret clubhouses inside the laptop, we’ve tried some cool tricks! Remember, technology can be quirky sometimes, but there’s almost always a way to sort things out. And if your touchpad still isn’t grooving, it might be time to call in the experts at Dell or take your laptop to a trusted tech buddy. Either way, you’re now equipped with some techy know-how, and I’m super proud of you! Keep exploring, stay curious, and remember – you’ve got this! 💪🚀

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