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I bought a Dell Studio 17 a few months ago, and as much as I love it, the TouchPad is like crazy-annoying sometimes. Not too long ago, touchpads starting allowing scrolling functionality by sliding your finger up and down the right-most side of the touchpad. Cool feature, but it forced me to stay more to the left side of the touchpad. The wonderful folks at Dell decided that the left side of the touchpad should not be a scrolling feature, but a zoom instead. Nothing like browsing a web page and have it either zoom in to the nose hairs of your elementary school teacher on Facebook, or zoom out to satellite imagery height.

In addition, there’s a scrolling zoom feature, which seems to require 3 hands to invoke. My kids can do it, of course.

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As always, I blog when I discover a solution to a problem that is not readily found by Binging it, so here is what I found.

On your machine there, should be a folder called DellTPad, most likely in the C:\Program Files\ folder. In that folder is an application (.exe) file called DellTPad.exe.

 

 

Run (double-click) DellTPad.exe and the Dell TouchPad settings window will appear.

 

 

From this window, you can make all kinds of changes, like disabling the scroll/zoom/circular scroll, adjusting pad sensitivity, swapping buttons, completely disabling the TouchPad, etc. One especially cool feature I like is the ability to disable the TouchPad when a USB mouse is present. The TouchPad is there when you need it, gone when you don’t!

 

I hope this helps.

 

Posted on Monday, September 14, 2009 9:20 PM | Back to top


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I keep getting the error message "This application has failed to start because Vxdif.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem" How do I do that? Thanks
Left by Denise on Oct 05, 2009 1:23 AM

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The Vxdif.dll looks like a driver/firmware from Alps Electric Co., presumably the company that makes [at least a part of] the touchpad device. Their site doesn't offer any driver downloads, which makes me think their drivers are bundled with the Dell TouchPad driver install. I would try to uninstall/reinstall the Dell TouchPad software. I'm not sure what laptop/OS you are running, but go to support.dell.com and search for touchpad drivers, and see what you find. I hope this helps.
Left by Doug on Oct 05, 2009 7:24 AM

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I just updated my drivers and software to Dell's Service pack two. After installion I lost my ability to adjust the touchpad and the icon in the tray disappeared and I was getting the same error as denise I just reinstalled the Dell TouchPad Driver and I works again.
Left by Kat on Oct 24, 2009 5:23 PM

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Thanks! This is the only thing that has worked for me! Everything else said to go to the device manager and my disable button was greyed out, even in admin mode. Now the only thing is my stupid program won't let me just chose "disable when other mouse is present" so I had to totally disable it, but didn't really care cuz I can enable really quickly if needed. But thanks again!

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Left by Dana on Nov 25, 2009 4:06 PM

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my delltpad was appcrash
what must i do? i can't use the scroll anymore
Left by na on Jul 15, 2010 3:16 AM

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i want install my delltpad
b4 have prob tht one always open by folder so say to me how to install good and wheres from install i'm
Left by harry on Oct 09, 2010 6:57 AM

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hye i\m uninstall my delltpad can say how to install again plz and wheres doing install and tht one working god
Left by harry on Oct 09, 2010 7:00 AM

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Great work ! This setting has been annoying me ever since I bought my new laptop. Cheers
Left by Chris on Nov 27, 2010 7:46 PM

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This was an amazing help. Thank you!
Left by Kelley on Mar 19, 2011 3:47 PM

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THANK YOU!!!!!
God, these 'features' made me insane!
Left by Laura on May 23, 2011 10:45 AM

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gddi k gb ;;
Left by l,fddd on Jul 06, 2011 5:54 PM

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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! Why does this have to be such a mystery? I appreciate you taking the time to share this, this whole keyboard issue was driving me nuts!

Thank you so much!
Left by Pam Kennedy on Aug 27, 2011 7:20 PM

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Dear Doug,
YOU ARE A GENIUS and what a sweetheart for sharing the information you found regarding disabling that aggravating touch pad on my Dell Studio. I can't thank you enough and my husband thanks you, since now I'm not so grouchy!!!!
YOU ARE THE BEST. THANKS AGAIN!!!
Left by Snivy Sue on Aug 31, 2011 7:28 AM

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Thanks ....It worked
Left by shekar on Sep 04, 2011 1:10 AM

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Great article. You just saved my life. :-) I have been searching for this feature with no success about two years.
Left by Andrius on Nov 05, 2011 5:50 AM

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I had to download Dell Driver for Input driver ALPS touchpad R244796.exe Then I had the correct mouse window in control panel.
http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriversHome/NeedProductSelection
Then enter service tag, find drivers, input,Alps Touchpad, download and install.
Open control panel, Mouse, Touchpad tab is now there, click on window, button settings, disable touchpad, disable buttons
Finally it works.
Left by World Famous Computer Engineer on Dec 11, 2011 6:16 PM

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Thanks so much, this was the best explanation so far for disabling the Dell touchpad! I finally can correctly type a text!!
Left by saraboun on Jan 25, 2012 3:19 AM

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i searched on my lap top about this delltpad i didn't find it plz feed me back wat shall i do
best regards for ur help
Left by sayed moawad on Feb 09, 2012 10:29 AM

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It's been 2 days searching for a solution, so here I am and thanks to all of you. Now where do I find the driver, and I mean a direct link to the download for such a driver, I lost just about everything (including my mind). I made a clean install of W7/64 and could not retreive the similar driver in order to have the TPad scrolling functions working at all. I am puzzled. Thank you all.
Left by RMV on Mar 23, 2012 2:01 AM

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Hey, I just wanna ask if you know how to solve this. I format my laptop, then the drivers for touchpad was gone. I downloaded the drivers from the internet and installed. Somehow, I can't open the DellTPad.exe. Why is that happen? :(
Left by Amy on Mar 26, 2012 7:28 AM

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Thank you so much! The zoom on the touch pad has been winding me up for months, this was first thing that came up when I googled how to stop it :)
Left by Caz on May 23, 2012 8:20 PM

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I have a Studio 1737, Checking the disable touch pad when external mouse is in use no longer works. I have to manually disable the touch pad each time I turn the computer on. Is there an update available?
Left by Jim on May 25, 2012 11:23 AM

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tnx dude, it works for me.:)
Left by dhari on May 26, 2012 1:00 AM

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Thank you very much. I love it when what you find quickly is exactly what you were looking for! Great contribution to parents everywhere!
Left by Dan Gallagher on Aug 19, 2012 2:51 PM

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FINALLY I figured this out...
Thanks!!
Left by Yuval on Oct 12, 2012 11:48 AM

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i am facing trouble to enable touchpad from desable. Touchpad does not work in my Dell Laptop, Any body sussest me how to enable touchpad ?
Left by Kaphle sir on Oct 14, 2012 5:12 PM

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I'm so pissed! My Touchpad settings are missing from mouse properties, and now every re-installation I've tried doesn't work. My touchpad is extremely sensitive now. It clicks on something when I barely touch the damn thing. I even accidentally befriended someone on facebook. They probably think I'm some nosy pervert now. Ugh!
Left by Tiffany on Jan 30, 2013 1:49 AM

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After installing some Windows updates, all of a sudden my touchpad is "enabled" and I cannot "disable" it. It is driving me crazy! I don't have the DellTpad.exe so I am not able to go that route...any suggestions.. I have a Dell 17 Studio.
Left by Jane on Feb 25, 2013 7:23 PM

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There are three hot keys (keys that provide an action for you) used on Dell computers that disable or enable the Touchpad, compare the keys shown in Table 1 to determine which one your computer uses and follow the instructions to disable or enable the Touchpad.
Left by mary jane on Jun 10, 2013 5:54 AM

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You, sir, have saved my sanity! The TouchPad has been wreaking havoc for months, as I use a mouse only. Thank you!
Left by Tom Dougherty on Jul 23, 2013 8:00 PM

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how can i reinstall the dell touchpad again?
Left by brenda on Jul 26, 2013 5:02 PM

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hello! I would like to know if you could tell me where I can download this Dell Tpuchpad software, Cause infortunitly I lost it form my mini laptop Dell.

I'll apreciate your help friend!
Left by Alfredo Rivera on Jul 28, 2013 2:01 PM

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My wife has a Dell Studio 17 laptop and I am trying to turn off the tapping function for the touchpad and cannot locate the settings for this. Could you help me out?
Left by judd on Aug 06, 2013 10:32 AM

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Is it possible to disable the left button clicking sound on the dell Inspiron 15? It is driving me crazy!!!
Left by Tj on Aug 06, 2013 4:53 PM

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Dell XPS 14 Ultrabook

while touchpad disabled, you can enable it with the following action:

leftclick -> move to right -> then left -> then right again -> then left again (all the while without removing the finger),

this seems to work for me again. (funky)...

Hope this helps.. cheers
Left by immi on Sep 08, 2013 9:02 PM

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The rotation/scrolling/zooming features do not work in DELL INSPIRON N4050. Please help!!!!
Left by VARUN on Jan 10, 2014 7:59 AM

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Thank you SO much for this post! I have been looking EVERYWHERE on Dell for some help and nothing would work. You saved my computer from getting thrown out of my window :)
Left by Meghan on Feb 03, 2014 11:14 AM

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Thanks for posting this. I had been trying for some time, to find out how to enable the edge scrolling feature, and this post revealed that this was hidden away in a separate exe! (Don't know why they didn't have this as part of the regular touchpad settings app...)

Saved me a ton of time - thanks again!
Left by Srinivas on Feb 22, 2014 5:34 AM

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Hi, in my Dell laptop touchpad scrolling ,zoom nothing is working after i get it formated. i also could not find the dell touch pad setting or software or driver...please can you help?
Left by Deblina on Mar 21, 2014 11:36 AM

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My son was on my computer last night. Bad Idea. I don't know how he was able to turn my scroll settings off but he did. I love dell and this touch screen and have it for a few months. I am still getting used to windows 8 though. I guess I will get used to it. Anyway thank you because now my scroll is back on I think I would have gotten very frustrated without it.
Left by KIm on Mar 24, 2014 6:05 AM

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