My computer does not have the touchpad tab in "mouse". I HATE how it clicks all the time when I am typing and moves my cursor. It messes me up all the time. I've had it like this for months and still do the same as when I first got it so I'm not adjusting to it. It takes just the slightest whisper of a touch and it switches things around on me.
What flavor touchpad do you have?
Try TouchFreeze, a free utility than shuts down the pad when you begin typing. It'a better than the controls in most touchpad drivers.
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Make sure Alps Ponting device is selected to startup in Systems configuration. If you don't have it to select go to support.dell.com and download the driver.
Note knowing the OS system I hope this helps.
Sorry I didn't give more info. I have an Inspiron 1545, running vista.
I don't have the alps pointing device on my startup list, I will go download...
Thanks for the info, I'll consider the touchfreeze. Just not sure I want the tapping option at all though. I do not use it.