HP touchpad button click opens Windows 10 search

Blog Nov 19, 2019

This seems to happen on a current Windows 10 Insider build (Build 19013) with the Synaptic touchpad drivers from the HP website.

The issues I was having was that when I used the buttons on the touchpad, Search appeared. This could be temporarily resolved by killing 'Synaptics 64-bit touchpad enhancements' in Task Manager. However, it kept restarting itself.

This can be solved by disabling the service that starts this programme:

  1. Go to the Start menu, search for and open "Services".
  2. Find SynTPEnhService.
  3. Right-click on the service and select "Properties".
  4. Set "Startup type" to "Disabled".
  5. Restart, or kill Synaptics 64-bit touchpad enhancements in Task Manager again.

Windows 10 takes care of precision scrolling and gestures, so there is little need to run enhancement software that comes with the drivers.

Christopher Wilkinson

21, Christian, Software Engineering Student at Queen's University Belfast.