How do I enable "Momentum" (aka "Inertia") on a notebook with an Elan touchpad?

Inertia or momentum is a feature of a touchpad that allows the user to keep the cursor moving after they have stopped interacting with the touchpad. It is particularly useful for tasks like drawing or photo editing, where precision and control are important. As an IT administrator, you may need to enable this feature on notebooks that use an Elan touchpad.

Enabling momentum on an Elan touchpad is relatively straightforward, but there are a few steps you need to take. Before you begin, make sure you have the latest driver for your touchpad. This can be found on the manufacturer’s website.

Once you have downloaded and installed the driver, you need to open the Control Panel. To do this, press the Windows key + X, then select Control Panel from the menu.

In the Control Panel, go to Hardware and Sound and then select Mouse. On the Mouse Properties window, click on the Elan tab. Here, you will find a list of options for the Elan touchpad.

Scroll down and check the box next to Momentum. This will enable the inertia feature on the Elan touchpad.

Once you have enabled the feature, you will need to configure it. To do this, click on the Advanced tab.

On the Advanced tab, you will find a few options related to inertia. The first option is the speed at which the cursor moves after you have stopped interacting with the touchpad. You can adjust this by using the slider.

The second option is the acceleration, which determines how quickly the cursor moves when you start interacting with the touchpad. You can also adjust this using the slider.

The final option is the sensitivity, which determines how sensitive the touchpad is to your interactions. You can adjust this using the slider as well.

Once you have adjusted the settings to your liking, you can click on the Apply button to save the changes.

Your Elan touchpad should now have momentum enabled. You can test it out by pressing and holding down the left mouse button on the touchpad, then letting go. The cursor should keep moving in the same direction as long as your finger remains on the touchpad.

Enabling momentum on an Elan touchpad is a relatively simple process. Once you have installed the driver and enabled the feature, you can adjust the settings to suit your needs. This will allow you to get the most out of your touchpad and make working with it more efficient and enjoyable.

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