How to Use your Laptop Track Pad!

How to use your Track Pad!


Also called a glide pad, glide point, pressure-sensitive tablet, or trackpad, a touchpad is an input device on laptops and some keyboards. It allows the user to move a cursor with their finger. It can be used in place of an external mouse.

A touchpad is operated by using your finger and dragging it across the flat surface of the touchpad. As you move your finger on the surface, the mouse cursor moves in that same direction. Like most computer mice, the touchpad also has two buttons below the touch surface that allows you to left-click or right-click.

Note: Not all laptop touchpads have visible buttons as shown in the picture. However, either the full touchpad or the bottom section of the touchpad acts as a button when pressing down on the touchpad. Also, tapping the touchpad usually acts as a click.

How to scroll using the touchpad

Scrolling with a touchpad can be done using one of the following methods.

  • Place the mouse cursor on the vertical scroll bar, located on the right side of the program window, then press the left touchpad button. While continuing to press the left button, drag your finger downward on the touchpad to move the scrollbar down.

  • Most touchpads allow the user to place two fingers on the touchpad and drag them up or down to scroll.

  • Some touchpads have a vertical scroll area built-in on the left or right side. Moving your finger up and down in this section of the touchpad allows you to scroll.

Do I need to use the touchpad on my laptop?

No. All modern laptops have a USB port that allows you to connect the same type of mouse you use on a desktop computer to your laptop. If you don't like using the touchpad, we recommend connecting a USB mouse to the laptop.

Note: Some USB input devices automatically disable the touchpad when connected.


  • On this page practice using your trackpad to left and right click

  • What happens when you left click?

  • What happens when you right click?

  • How do you scroll up and down on this page


Don't be a CRAZY CLICKER!​

After you click/press...WAIT! To see if the computer responds!

Do not use pens or pencils on a trackpad!​

Do NOT bang the trackpad! If you are having trouble with your mouse, ask for help! Your computer and trackpad are sensitive and can break!​

Do you know all about using your trackpad? Do you prefer using a mouse?