Unlock hidden Synaptics Touch Pad settings in windows 10

I was working on a ZBook G3 the other day and ran into an infuriating issue with its Synaptics Touch Pad: The touch sensitivity out-of-the-box was set so high that when I slowly moved the cursor it would get jittery and not respond.

While examining specific trackpad details, I found that I have a Synaptics LuxPad V1.3 device that communicates using an SMB port (whatever that is!)

In investigating this further I found that the Synaptics driver hides the 'advanced settings' from windows 10 users for some inexplicable reason. Once enabled I was able to fine-tune the trackpad settings to be more bearable.

How to Enable Synaptics Settings

Note: Registry usage can be harmful- be sure you have all appropriate backups before continuing!

  • Open regedit.exe
  • Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Synaptics\SynTPCpl
  • Open the HideTPSettings DWORD Value
  • Change the value from 1 to 0 and hit OK


Use the Advanced Settings

  • Open Start -> Settings
  • Select Devices
  • Click on Mouse and Touchpad in the left-hand bar
  • Scroll to the bottom of the window
  • Click on Additional Mouse Options
  • Select the TouchPad tab
  • Click the Settings... button


Within this UI you can adjust your trackpad to a greater degree of precision than you can using the built-in windows tools.