I want to understand the rationale behind recent touch pad driver technology. On my last four laptops, I consistently have problems with overly sensitive settings, Windows 7 on all but one computer, which was shipped with W10 but I installed W7 on it. I have had computers with both Elan and Synaptics drivers.
What happens every time is at first I will notice that the sensitivity is set way too low. As I move the pointer over links, it grabs onto those links and executes them, opening pages, closing pages, executing internet page functions (I don't know how to describe this...on Flickr (where I spend a lot of time) there are areas on the page that if clicked will go to the next page...if I just pass my pointer over these areas without doing anything else, it often goes to that next page.) If the focus sits on say an open or close TAB it will do just that without me clicking the mouse. As I move the pointer over pictures on a page, I see them quiver, as the device seems to be grabbing onto them.
And it's not just the internet. If I move the pointer over the menu bar in Paint Shop Pro, it sometimes grabs onto the whole bar and removes it.
I've gone into the device settings and disabled all the tapping/scrolling features and rere duced sensitivity settings to a minimum.
Are these problems I am having typical? Are they desired features? The way I work, I can't see how they would benefit anybody, but I am not big on newest technology, don't use touch screen devices, do not own a tablet, etc. I basically want my touch pad to allow me to navigate but take no action unless I click the mouse.
Are there any alternative drivers available that will return this system on my laptop to the most basic of functions as I have described here?
Is it even possible to get my computer to function more like the year 2000 than today? Am I having these problems because the software is designed to be used with touchscreen technology?
I want to understand.