How to Fix the Acer Touch Pad and Left Click Not Working

Acer laptops all use a touchpad mouse, and when it stops being responsive, it is usually a result of driver issues. If your touchpad is no longer responding, and you are having trouble with the left and right-click buttons, then updating your drivers could solve the issue.

If, however, there is a hardware problem, you will have to seek professional assistance from qualified technicians. A common cause of touchpad failure is water damage. Whether you’ve spilled a drink or had your laptop in a damp room, water can affect the connections and sensors on your touchpad and render it useless. Before writing off your computer, try switching it off and leaving it to dry for one or two days.

To solve the problem with the software, try the following. You will need a USB or Bluetooth mouse in order to make these changes as your touchpad will not be working, or responding reliably.

Method 1: Enable with Your Keyboard

On many computer systems, you can turn your touchpad on and off with your keyboard.

  1. On most Acer laptops, you can press and hold the Fn key on your keyboard and then press either the F6 or F7 key.
  2. If you can’t find the F6 or F7 key, it should show a small illustration of a hand touching a touchpad.
  3. Try using your touchpad after using this key combination. If it doesn’t work, move onto the next method.

Method 2: Replace the Battery

On some Acer systems that come with the Gemstone Blue Audio Controls, it is possible to reset them by removing and replacing the battery. Here’s how to do it.

  1. Make sure that your laptop is switched on and has completely loaded the operating system.
  2. Remove your laptop’s charger.
  3. Remove the battery from your laptop.
    Unlocking the battery latches
  4. Replace the battery again, power the laptop on and see if the touchpad has begun working again.

Method 3: Updating Through the Acer Website

  1. First of all, visit the official Acer website, which features all the necessary, and official, drivers and manuals for your device. Go to the following link:
  1. On the drivers and manuals page, you will be asked to enter your serial number, SNID, or model number. This will then direct you to a page with the appropriate drivers. If you do not know your serial number, you can choose the category, series, and model of your device instead. If you still don’t have this information, the auto-detect feature could be useful. At the bottom of the screen, there is a green text that reads ‘auto-detect my device information’. Click on this link and follow the on-screen instructions; your model number will be detected.
    Drivers Manual Page
  1. On the next page, after you have entered the necessary information, you will be presented with Drivers, Documents, BIOS/Firmware downloads and more. By pressing the ‘Driver’ drop-down menu, you will be presented with drivers, including a touchpad driver for Windows 7 and up.

Method 4: Updating through the Device Manager

Device Manager is a default app in Windows that allows you to control hardware within your computer or connected to it. You can use Device Manager to manage and update faulty drivers.

  1. Enter ‘Device Manager’ into the search function of the Windows taskbar. On Windows 10, the search bar can be found by pressing the Cortana button. On Windows 7, 8 and 8.1, you can find the search bar by pressing the Start button.
    Device Manager in Windows Search Box
  2. In your Device Manager, you will see a long list of devices that are hooked up to your device. Under ‘Mice and Other Pointing Devices’, you should notice your Acer touchpad.
  3. Right-click the Acer touchpad and click ‘Update Driver Software’. This will take you to a window that automatically searches for the latest driver software. If there is one available, it will prompt you to download it.

Downloading the latest driver software will get rid of any potential problems that are causing the mouse issue.

Method 5: Changing Touchpad Settings from Bios

In some cases, the error might be triggered if the Acer Touchpad is set to use advanced configuration to run its drivers. Therefore, we will be disabling the Touchpad’s Advanced Configuration and setting it to basic in this instance. To achieve this:

  1. Restart your computer and before it boots up, press the “F1” or “Del” key to get into bios.
  2. Using the “Right” Arrow key, navigate to the “Main” tab.
  3. Use the down arrow key to highlight the “Touchpad” option and press “Enter”.
  4. Select the “Basic” option and save your changes.
    Selecting Basic
  5. Boot into Windows and check to see if the issue persists.

Method 6: Enabling Touchpad

In some cases, the touchpad may be disabled partially or entirely from the control panel. Therefore, in this step, we will enable it again and test its functionality. To do this:

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the run prompt.
  2. Type in “Control” and press “Enter”.
    Running Control Panel
  3. Click on the “Hardware and Sound” option and select “Mouse and Touchpad”.
    Open “Hardware and Sound”
  4. Select the “Additional mouse settings” option and click on your device.
  5. Make sure that the device has been enabled.

Method 7: Changing Primary Button

In some cases, the issue has reportedly been fixed by changing the mouse button from the control panel temporarily and then changing it back to the left click. This triggers a change of mouse configuration and might help in getting rid of any glitches. In order to do so:

  1. Press “Windows” + “R” to open the run prompt.
  2. Type in “Control” and press “Enter” to open it.
    Accessing the Classic Control Panel interface
  3. Inside the Control panel, Click on “Hardware and Sound” and then select “Mouse” from the list.
  4. Check the “Switch Primary and Secondary Buttons” option.
    Checking the box
  5. Click on “Apply” to save your changes.
  6. After a while, repeat the process above and uncheck the button.
  7. Check to see if the issue persists.

Method 8: Cleaning Dirt

In some instances, dirt and foreign particles may gather underneath the touchpad. If your touchpad button is separate from the touchpad itself, a feature found on some laptops where the touchpad is uniform, you can insert a small pin under the left-click button and lift it slightly. Then, using a can of compressed air, blow underneath the button to remove any foreign particles. Following these steps, verify whether the issue persists.


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