Tap to Click

Discussion in 'Technical' started by Minuteman, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Help!! Can anyone tell me, in language a middle aged roughneck can understand, how to turn off this annoying tap to click feature on my laptop. I had it off until the thing crashed and a friend reset it to an earlier time or whatever. But now the tap to click is back on and I have spent hours trying to find how to turn the damn thing off again. even went online and read descriptions there that just left me scratching my head.
    So, needed info.. I have a Dell laptop. What kind? I got no idea, a black one. What operating system? I got no idea, the one with the different colored boxes. I know it's not Windows 8, my wife has that POS on hers. Mine is pre that. Probably 7 I suppose. You see the problem. I had an IT guy at my company told me most of my computer problems were id 10 T.
    Any help?
  2. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    Mouse or TrackPad in the Control Panel for those...
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  3. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I have searched most of those links. Problem is mine doesn't match what they say.

    Click Start and then Control Panel.
    Select Classic View from the left side of the window
    Nope. No "Classic View"
    "Under Computer>C:>Drivers>input>R176423, I ran DPInst. It installed the Dell Touchpad option into my lower left taskbar. After restarting, I was able to open a far more in-depth version of my touchpad, where I could unclick "Tap to Click"."
    DPInst??? No idea what that means or how to do it.

    On the right side of the bottom taskbar click on the NOTIFICATIONS icon, then click on ALL SETTINGS. Click on PERSONALIZATION, then THEMES. The last option under RELATED SETTINGS is MOUSE POINTER SETTINGS, select it. Then click on the last tab called DEVICE SETTINGS and again on SETTINGS. A new window will open up with the mouse pointer options. Uncheck TAPPING and you're all done.

    None of those are on my computer. Just spent another hour on it. Crap. Did find this Inspiron N5110. Guess that is the model. Still doesn't help in a internet search. Same old sites coming up. I disabled it when I first bought the thing a few years ago. But I can't remember for the life of me how I did it.
  4. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Can you post a pic of what you see? Pics will also help id the laptop.
  5. Idahoser

    Idahoser Monkey+++ Founding Member

    there should be a [Print Screen] button in the top right area of the keyboard. It may be contracted to something like [PrtScn] or something. It may even be a second or third function of a button so that you have to hold down [SHIFT] when you press it. Laptops will also usually have a [Fn] button which is like a different [SHIFT]... both the [Fn] and the "function" name on the other key will be in blue to show what this does.

    Anyway the point of this is that you can [Print Screen] which snaps a picture of your entire desktop into the clipboard. This is where things go temporarily when you "Copy" something, it's now in the clipboard. Now you can "Paste" it. Since it's a picture, a good place to paste is in the program "Paint" which has been included in Windows for ages. Now you can save that picture file and upload it here. You may want to take a minute before saving it to 'paint' over any info you don't want to share. You can make the whole picture smaller or crop it to show only a part of the picture.

    Or just snap a picture with your cell phone, but that's harder to read.

    While this topic is on our minds, hold down [ALT] and press [Print Screen] and it will snap a picture of only the currently active window into the clipboard. Also useful.
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  6. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    Control panel - Change mouse properties - device settings

    another thing you can take a look at is all the icons by your clock. One of them might be 'Pointing device' .. if it is, right click on it and go to properties.

    I'm going to say it's probably a synaptics device. you might have to dig around in the settings options to find the right setting. Not sure but it would be nice if there were just a checkbox that said .. click to tap. ;)
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  7. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    So my stab sir , start / control panel /, sounds & audio ,POP UP & pick sounds tab go down to navigate & when you see it , highlight it & then on the right side you can pick arrow to hear it & then on the drop down , pick none & then save it .

    How did I do ?
  8. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Emeritus Founding Member




    I have searched each of those tabs and found nothing about Tap to Click or Tapping etc.
    upload_2016-6-10_5-36-36. upload_2016-6-10_5-37-23. upload_2016-6-10_5-36-36. upload_2016-6-10_5-37-23.
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  9. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Emeritus Founding Member



    Back to the same place
  10. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I would suggest we start with identification. On my laptop, the model name and number is on surface around the keyboard. On my old dell it was to the top left of the keyboard. Preserio i think. The operating system will be listed under "this PC" or "my computer " . It should also say so at start up.
  11. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    start/control panel/system All is then revealed so far as hardware and OS goes.
  12. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    snd1. This IS a Noise your hearing every time you click your mouse ?? yes ?

    Or touch the mouse pad to click to go there as you tapped on ?
    If so follow my ^^^


    Last edited: Jun 9, 2016
  13. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    @Minuteman see the icons over by the clock in the lower right ? hover over each one and see if they say anything about pointing device.
    Also there are additional icons on an overflow menu if you click on the ^ left of the flag icon. Check icons in there too
    do any pointing devices exist in there?
  14. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    I'm going to say it's Windows 7
  15. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    I'm assuming that it's not the sound that it's making but more the functionality when he's touching the touch pad. It's performing a click function on everything where he'd rather it just place the mouse pointer and not click the underlying icon and launch the application.

    I could be assuming wrong though.
  16. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Sounds like tiles. That started with 8 didn't it?
  17. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    Yeah, tiles were 8 but I think it's 7 as it has the windows start button (blue sphere with windows logo) on the left of the taskbar.
  18. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    So let's start with what we can confirm. Walk him through to system info?
  19. VisuTrac

    VisuTrac Ваша мать носит военные ботинки Site Supporter+++

    @kellory I think @Minuteman is mostly there.
    I think with his friend resetting his computer hosed the drivers.
    Going to the Dell Touch Pad Drivers tab you can attempt an update by clicking the button.
    I'm not sure if that is going to suggest you already have the latest window driver or not. Hopefully it'll see that it's a synaptics touchpad and download the driver.

    Also if you go to dell support website and let it scan your machine, it will suggest updated dell drivers that should at least put in the widget where you will be able to disable the tap to click feature.

    and if all else fails .. get an external mouse and disable the touch pad.
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  20. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    RE READ my previous post ^^^
    This is basic ,
    is it a sound ??

    Driver only makes hardware work ,
    not sounds that's in Windows PITA stuff
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