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I have a HP ENVY 17 laptop with a touch pad that whose 'touch input area' includes the left and right click buttons. The problem I have with this is that when I go to click the left button it tends to move the pointer across the screen and I miss the click. Is there any way to update the touch area to not include the bottom quarter inch?

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Well I searched around some more today and looks like I should look into gpointed ( I will try it out after work and see if that helps. – Rcunn87 Feb 21 '13 at 16:29
Nope that didn't seem to have settings for this. – Rcunn87 Feb 23 '13 at 18:24

I am not familiar with the HP Envy series touchpads, however, if the touchpad is a Clickpad (like MacBook Pro where the whole surface is also a button). You could run the following command in the terminal to see properties of the touchpad:

xinput list-props <device id>

where <device id> is the "device id" of your mouse, you can find it by running xinput list.

To change properties you should run:

xinput set-prop <device id> <property> <value>

If HP uses Synaptics touchpads, this page explains all the listed properties from xinput list.

Let me know if this helps.

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