SOLVED! Can’t Move Mouse While Holding Key

If you can’t move mouse while holding key, Palmcheck is usually the culprit and you should disable it at the earliest opportunity. Additionally, you could update Windows, edit the Windows Registry and so on. Take a look at this article if you want to use the mouse and keyword as you want.

Causes

Palmcheck

For your information, Palmcheck is a feature that prevents the mouse cursor from moving when the palm of laptop users accidentally brushes through the touchpad. In most of the cases, Palmcheck proves handy for those that don’t want the mouse to move as they type. However, if Palmcheck is one, there is no way to move mouse as long as a key is pressed. Thus, in the case that you can’t move mouse while holding key, take Palmcheck into account.

Windows

A certain Windows update in the past introduced a setting known as Touchpad Delay. As the name suggests, Touchpad Delay can add delays to touchpad inputs which create problems on occasions. Touchpad Delay has already been removed with another update since then. If you pay little attention to Windows updates, it’s possible that Touchpad Delay still exists on your PC.

Registry

In layman’s terms, Windows Registry affects the performance of many devices and touchpad is not an exception. You can’t move mouse while holding key all of a sudden? Then it’s a good idea to give Registry some thought.

Driver

Overall, like other devices on Windows computers, touchpad relies on its drivers for communication. For the touchpad to work as expected, the touchpad driver must be present, up-to-date and uncorrupted. As a result, if you come across touchpad issues, you should add driver to your list of suspects.

Solutions

Solution 1: Disable Palmcheck

If you suspect Palmcheck to be the one behind your touchpad issue, the natural course of action is to disable it. To disable Palmcheck, go through the steps down below:

  • Step 1. Press Windows + I to open Settings, select Devices and choose Touchpad.
  • Step 4. Click Additional settings, go to Device Settings tab and pick Settings.
  • Step 6. Navigate to Advanced tab and move the slider for Palm Tracking sensitivity to Minimum. Depending on the driver, you may see a few differences in UI but the general process should be the same.
  • Step 7. Save the changes, restart your computer and see how things turn out.

Solution 2: Update Windows

As established earlier, the Touchpad Delay feature was removed after a certain Windows Update. That said, if your copy of Windows isn’t up-to-date, you can simply update to the latest version and the problem should be fixed.

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2: Select Update & Security then choose Check for update in Windows Update.
  • Step 3: If an update is available, allow Windows to download and install it. Restart your computer after the process finishes.

Note: If you have a hard time updating Windows, you have to make changes to the Touchpad Delay settings yourself.

  • Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings.
  • Step 2.  select Devices and choose Touchpad.
  • Step 3. Find Touchpad delay settings and make sure it is turned off (No delay).

Solution 3: Use Registry Editor

  • Step 1. Go to Search bar, type regedit and press Enter.
  • Step 2. In Registry Editor, navigate to the directory: Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Elantech\OtherSetting
  • Step 3. Hit DisableWhenType_Enable, set the Base to Hexadecimal and change Value data to 1.
  • Step 4. Close Registry Editor.
  • Step 5. Restart your computer.

Solution 4: Think About The Driver

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
  • Step 2: Hit “+” next Human Interface Devices to expand it, right-click Touchpad and pick Update driver. 
  • Step 3: Hit Search automatically for updated driver software. Allow the process to go all the way. When the update wraps up, restart your computer.

Note: Your touchpad driver is already up-to-date? Then a recent driver update may be the one responsible for your touchpad issue. In that case, you should roll back to the previous driver version.

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type devmgmt.msc and press Enter.
  • Step 2: In Device Manager, expand Human Interface Devices, right-click Touchpad and pick Properties. 
  • Step 3: Go to Driver tab, hit Roll Back Driver and follow the onscreen instructions. The moment the process concludes, restart your computer.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What must be done to keep my touchpad driver up-to-date

As mentioned above, you could update the driver of your touchpad via Device Manager. If you lack patience, feel free to take advantage of third-party driver managers.

How do I change Palm Tracking sensitivity?

In case you don’t know, Palm Tracking is not available on all laptops. If your laptop is not an HP model, it’s highly likely that you cannot locate Palm Tracking regardless of where you look.

 

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