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How To Turn on the TouchPad on a Toshiba Laptop
So last week I was home alone while my IT specialist boyfriend was away on business, and the TouchPad on my Toshiba laptop was driving me insane. I kept bumping it whilst I was typing and it would position the cursor elsewhere on the page—totally stuffing up the document I was trying to type.
I thought I had a great way to sort this issue out: I went down to the bottom right-hand side of the screen and right-clicked on the TouchPad icon in the toolbar, turning the TouchPad off. The satisfaction of achievement lasted only about ten seconds: until I realised that I had no mouse, so I couldn't get back to the document I was working on.
Crap, crap, crap, what was I supposed to do now? I tried turning the laptop off thinking that maybe the TouchPad would work again when I turned it back on. Surprise surprise—it didn't.
Now I was presented with a new problem. My laptop has a password. So now not only did my mouse not work, but I was locked out of my computer because I couldn't click on the icon to enter the password.
In my frustration I started hitting random buttons. Luckily some of my IT knowledge came back to me; I tried "Control-Alt-Delete," and YES, it opened up a window for me to enter my password.
One problem down, one problem to go.
Once I was in Windows I started thinking, and figured that if there was an icon on the toolbar then there had to be another icon somewhere else. I went into the Control Panel to see if I could find anything of use. Guess what! I did!
How to Enter Your Password and Enable the TouchPad
1. If you are locked out of your laptop due to a password, clicking "Control" "Alt" and "Delete" (all three keys at once) will open a window that allows you to enter your password.
2. Once you are logged in, press the button on the left side of the bottom row of your keyboard, usually the third key in: it has the wavy-window Windows logo on it.
3. This will open the "Start" menu. From here use the Up arrow button to navigate up to the Control Panel. Press "Enter."
4. Use the arrow buttons once again to navigate down to the "Mouse" Icon and press "Enter" again.
5. Use the "Tab" button to select the "Buttons" tab at the top of the window, and from here use your Right arrow key to navigate along to the "TouchPad On/Off' tab.
6. Once again use the "Tab" key to navigate down to the "Current TouchPad Status Setting" area and once there use your Left and Right arrow keys to "Enable" the TouchPad.
7. Now you can continue to use your mouse as usual. Hope this has helped!