How to disable the automatic zoom on laptop touchpad on any Asus, Dell or Toshiba

The below steps work on all Dell, HP, Acer, Asus and Toshiba laptops as the problem is with the Synaptics touchpad software and is not a Windows related problem.


Go to Start > Control Panel > Mouse

Choose the Device Settings tab on the right.

Click the Settings… button

On the left there is a menu. Choose Pinch Zoom. Then UNCHECK the “Enable Pinch Zoom” box.

Click Apply at the bottom and OK to exit and save settings and your Done!

29 Replies to “How to disable the automatic zoom on laptop touchpad on any Asus, Dell or Toshiba”

  1. Thank you so much for this post. What a stupid auto set up for new dells. I was a pure notebook mouse user until this one and this function and I struggled to find a fix for it, so fell in love with my wireless mouse and keyboard and in recently losing my usb device for them, had to get round to looking for a fix. Much appreciated!!! Mouse lover going back to touchpad queen.

  2. I cannot find the “device setting” tab in my window. Is there a way I can fix the zoom on my touch pad? I have no clue what causes it to zoom in or out but its terribly irritating. Thanks

  3. Be good if you could tell me how to disable pinch zoom feature on a compaq presario cq60 notebook pc, (Synaptics Touchpad V7.2 touchpad) its driving me nuts. cheers

  4. If you have a Dell Computer (Win 7 or Vista) You should see toolbar at the top of the Mouse settings called “Dell Touchpad”. Click it, then click on the touchpad picture, then click on “Gesture Settings” and you can turn off Zoom.
    If you click the option above “Gesture Settings”, you can even disable the touchpad scrolling gesture.

  5. Thank you SO much!!!!!!!!!!!!! Was driving me nuts having to use CTRL – and + to resize my screen. Pure genius!!!

  6. when i get to the button setting, there is no menu to chose from. i have a new seems they took it out but i am having the problems that others are having. any advice?
    i am in africa with no easy tech support. : (

    1. Amy, I finally found this! Go to the taskbar at the bottom of your screen and click on the up arrow to “show hidden icons.” Then open ASUS smart gesture. Unclick the Zoom box.

        1. Thankyou so much for this info … the pinch zoom has been driving me nuts also and I couldnt find how to disable it until now … thanks again !

      1. OMG thank you so much for the info!! I have always been using the built in asus mouse on the laptop, and the zoom function was really driving me nuts. Thanks a million for this info!

      2. Thank you so much!! I am so grateful. I just bought a new Asus laptop and was ready to throw it out the window because the zoom was driving me crazy. What a terrible feature. Thanks!!

        1. I wanted to add that the Asus smart gesture isn’t on the toolbar at the bottom of my screen, but I found it by typing “Asus smart gesture” into the search feature.

      3. Thank you so much – this was driving me nuts. What a stupid feature. Anyway, thanks to your post I found and disabled it 🙂

  7. Thank You for this post. The automatic zoom has been driving me crazy since I bought this new Toshiba laptop. I found other posts off Google but they didn’t give specific instructions on how to find the precise setting that needed to be changed, but this post was exact. Thank You! Much love coming from here. Hopefully Toshiba will catch on and change this automatic setting from the get go, the board of directors needs to be alerted.

  8. Adding my THANK YOU! This stupid “feature” was slowly, daily, driving me nuts. So grateful to be rid of it.

  9. Thanks a million. You don’t know how close I came to launching the laptop out the window! Blood pressure now returning to normal. Swear box so full the table is buckling.

  10. You guys will not know how you saved a Asus Laptop from being literally thrown out a window…that “pinch zoom” was about to make me crazy (ier)….thank you thank you… is DISABLED!…thank you.

  11. every time I go to control panel it doesn’t say device settings
    and if I go to settings to device settings it says nothing about pinch zoom

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