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Using and Configuring the ClickPad

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Some HP notebooks come with a ClickPad pointing device. Unlike a TouchPad which has physical buttons for right-click and left-click actions, the ClickPad consists of a single, continuous surface. Depending on the model, the ClickPad surface is plain or it has graphical demarcations to indicate different actionable regions (such as regions marked for left- and right-clicks or up and down scrolling).
Figure 1: ClickPad
1 - Turn the ClickPad On or Off
2 - Left-click area
3 - Right-click area
The ClickPad interprets various gestures on its surface as different actions. For example, a two-finger leftward swipe while browsing a web site takes you to a previously viewed page; or, double-tapping the ClickPad while the mouse cursor hovers over a text file opens the file in your default text editor.
You can adjust the sensitivity of the ClickPad, and enable or disable some features and gestures. It takes a little practice to use the ClickPad well.
The most commonly used ClickPad actions are gesture-based and provide shortcuts for quickly navigating in and working with windows and files. Depending on the model and software, your ClickPad should perform the following functions:
Slide your finger across the ClickPad to move the mouse cursor on the screen.
Tap the ClickPad once to single-click and twice to double-click the mouse cursor.
To rotate an image or portion of the screen, place two fingers on the ClickPad and then rotate them.

ClickPad rotation only works in those applications that already have a rotate function, such as a photo browser.
To drag-and-drop an item, tap the ClickPad twice to select the item, slide your finger to move it, then lift your finger to release it.
To scroll a window, a screen, or list, tap the ClickPad with two fingers, then swipe them from side to side or up and down. Lift your fingers to stop scrolling.
To zoom-in or -out while working in a window, place two fingers on the ClickPad and move them outward to zoom-in and inward to zoom-out.

ClickPad zooming only works in those applications that already have zoom functions, such as a photo browser or word processor.
The ClickPad control panel is where all configuration options for the ClickPad are located. To open the control panel:
  1. Click Start, enter mouse in the search field, and then select the Mouse control panel program from the search results.
  2. On the Device Settings tab of the Mouse Properties panel, select the Synaptic ClickPad device and click the Settings button.
You can adjust the ClickPad settings for touch sensitivity, accidental contact, edge sensitivity, and gesture actions to suit your personal preferences.
The ClickPad's dedicated horizontal and vertical scroll gestures allow you to scroll inside a program window. These are enabled and pre-configured by default. However, you can customize how each gesture is implemented in the ClickPad control panel.
To adjust the scrolling settings:
  1. Open the ClickPad control panel.
  2. Expand the Scrolling category heading.
  3. Select either the One Finger Scrolling or Two Finger Scrolling option. If you are new to using gestures on a pointing device, it is recommended that you only configure one of these two options initially until you get used to using them.
    Figure 2: Scrolling options
    Scrolling options with Two-Finger Scrolling highlighted
  4. Select Enable vertical scrolling and Enable horizontal scrolling. This allows you to scroll inside a program window by sliding one or two fingers up and down and left and right on the ClickPad.
  5. Configure any other scrolling options until you are satisfied with the gesture behavior.
  6. Click OK to close the ClickPad control panel.
The ClickPad's dedicated left- and right-click regions give you the same functionality as the buttons on an external pointing device. These regions are enabled and pre-configured by default. However, you can customize how each region behaves in the ClickPad control panel.
To configure the left and right buttons:
  1. Open the ClickPad control panel.
  2. Expand the Buttons category heading.
  3. Select either the Left Button Action or Right Button Action option and the change the action associated with it.
    Figure 3: Button actions
    Buttons with Left Button Action highlighted
  4. Click OK to close the ClickPad control panel.
The ClickPad features dedicated single- and double-tap gestures that mimic the single- and double-click behaviors on an external point device. You can also tap and drag an item in the same way as you click and hold the left button on an external pointing device to drag an item around the screen. These behaviors are enabled and pre-configured by default. You can customize how tapping is implemented in the ClickPad control panel.
To adjust the tap settings:
  1. Open the ClickPad control panel.
  2. Expand the Tapping category heading.
  3. Select either the Tap and Drag or Tap Zones option and the change the actions associated with it. Tap Zones allow you to configure each corner of the ClickPad to function as separate button; when a specific corner is tapped, the action associated with it is implemented.
    Figure 4: Tapping
    Tapping with Tap Zones highlighted
  4. Click OK to close the ClickPad control panel.
The Touch Sensitivity options allow you to adjust the responsiveness of the ClickPad to the pressure of your finger. If the cursor jumps while you type on the keyboard, or when your finger or palm accidently brushes the ClickPad, then the sensitivity setting is too light and you can decrease it to correct this issue. If the cursor does not move smoothly unless you press a finger firmly on the ClickPad, or if cursor movement is delayed or sluggish, then the sensitivity setting is too heavy and you can increase it to correct this issue.
To adjust the sensitivity of the ClickPad:
  1. Open the ClickPad control panel.
  2. Expand the Pointing and Sensitivity category headings. Then select the Touch Sensitivity option.
    Figure 5: Touch Sensitivity
    Changing the touch sensitivity
    By default, the sensitivity slider control is set approximately in the center.
  3. Brush your finger across the ClickPad and observe how the cursor moves.
    • If the cursor moves erratically when you barely touch the surface of the ClickPad, move the slider toward the Heavy Touch position, click Apply, and test the sensitivity again.
    • If you have to press your finger firmly on the surface of the ClickPad to make the cursor respond, move the slider toward the Light Touch position, click Apply, and test the sensitivity again.
  4. When you are satisfied with the touch and movement, click OK to close the ClickPad control panel.
Sometimes while working with the keyboard, your fingers and palms may accidentally brush across the ClickPad and cause an unintentional gesture. To prevent this, you can configure the Accidental Contact Mitigation (ACM) feature. Once enabled, ACM requires that all gestures and taps begin in a zone that you specify. Any motion that originates outside the zone, such as the accidental brushing of a finger or palm against the edges of the ClickPad, is ignored.
To enable and configure ACM:
  1. Open the ClickPad control panel.
  2. Expand the PalmCheck-Enhanced ACM and Advanced Filters category headings.
  3. Under Advanced Filters, select the Restrict point to zone and Restrict tapping to zone options.
    To disable this functionality, deselect these two options.
  4. Select Filter Activation Time, then set the slider to 0 seconds. This determines how long the ClickPad waits before it begins ignoring gestures that originate outside the starting zone. A setting of 0 means it always ignores gestures originating outside the starting zone; a setting of 1-5 means the ClickPad waits for 1 to 5 seconds after no touches have been made to begin ignoring gestures originating outside the starting zone.
    Figure 6: Accidental contact sensitivity
    Adjusting accidental contact sensitivity
  5. Select Starting Zone Size, then use the black squares in the zone bounding box to set the position and size of the starting zone on the ClickPad. This is the region that you must touch first to begin any gesture when ACM is enabled. A gesture started outside of this zone is ignored by the ClickPad unless you set the Filter Activation Time to a value higher than 0 seconds.
  6. When you are satisfied with the touch and movement, click OK to close the ClickPad control panel.
When moving a finger across the ClickPad, you notice that the cursor moves only part way across the screen. You have to stroke the ClickPad two or three times to get the cursor from one side of the display to the other. Adjust the EdgeMotion settings to improve cursor movement and allow you to continue scrolling when your finger touches the edge of the ClickPad.
To adjust the scrolling of the ClickPad:
  1. Open the ClickPad control panel.
  2. Expand the Pointing and EdgeMotion category headings.
  3. Select the EdgeMotion option, and select the Perform EdgeMotion when dragging and pointing option. This will enable the EdgeMotion functionality.
    To disable this functionality, select the No EdgeMotion option.
  4. Select the EdgeMotion Region option to view a drawing of the ClickPad. The shaded area around the edges, represents the area where you can hold your finger so that the motion of the cursor continues.
    Figure 7: Edge sensitivity
    Changing edge sensitivity
    By default the EdgeMotion Region is evenly spaced around the edge of the ClickPad area.
  5. Move your finger slowly across the ClickPad and observe how the cursor continues to move when you stop your finger and hold it in a shaded area.
  6. To accommodate the size of your finger, select and drag a point at the edge of the EdgeMotion Region to adjust the area.
    Click Apply and then test the movement of the cursor again.
  7. Select the EdgeMotion Speed option to view a speed adjustment control. Move the slider to adjust the speed of the cursor when the finger is held in the EdgeMotion Region.
  8. When you are satisfied with the selected region and speed, click OK to close the ClickPad control panel.
If you want the ClickPad to function like a standard mouse that does not use gestures, you can turn off these features.
To turn all gestures off:
  1. Right-click the Synaptics Pointing Device item in the Windows system tray.
  2. Select Disable Gestures.
    Figure 8: Disable gestures
    Disabling pointing gestures
To turn gestures back on, simply deselect the Disable Gestures option in the pop-up menu.
By default, all ClickPad gestures are enabled. However, you may find some gestures easier to perform and more helpful than others. If you have a problem with or do not wish to use an individual gesture, you can turn it off.
To disable a gesture:
  1. Open the ClickPad control panel.
  2. Select a ClickPad gesture, or click the plus sign [+] beside a gesture to select a specific action.
    Figure 9: Enabling or disabling gestures
    Enable Pinch Zoom selected
  3. Deselect the Enable field to turn off the settings for that gesture or action.
The gesture or action can be re-enabled when needed.
On some computers, the ClickPad can be turned off by double-tapping the on/off hotspot located in the upper lefthand corner of the ClickPad. If the computer does not have such an on/off hotspot, you can still disable the ClickPad in the control panel.
NOTE:You will need to use an external mouse or some other pointing device to control the cursor when the ClickPad is disabled.
To disable the ClickPad:
  1. Click Start, enter mouse in the search field, and then select the Mouse control panel program from the search results.
  2. On the Device Settings tab of the Mouse Properties panel, click the Disable button to turn off the ClickPad.
The ClickPad can be re-enabled when needed.
HP constantly improves its products and provides software updates. It is highly recommended that you periodically check for updated software, drivers, and even system BIOS to ensure you get the maximum functionality from the computer ClickPad pointing device. To learn how to check for updates, see HP Notebook PCs - Locate and Install Updated BIOS, Drivers, and Software .

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