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!

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

  1. Judy Schober says:

    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. Sarah M. says:

    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. b hodesson says:

    thank you times a million, what a pain in the ass that has been you made my week!!!!

  4. Rachel says:

    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

  5. Laurel says:

    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.

  6. andrew Robo says:

    Thanks a million was about to tie one hand behind my back to avoid this short cut

  7. vv@u says:

    thank you very much for the help!!!!!!!!

  8. Christine says:

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

  9. amy says:

    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. : (

    • Gretchen says:

      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.

      • Brian says:

        It worked, thank you so much! I have been looking for a long time. Thanks again!

        • David tayler says:

          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 !

      • Shanna says:

        THANK YOU!

      • Traci says:

        Thank you so much. You have NO idea how annoying I found this.

      • Tom Ring says:

        Hey Gretchen thank you so much for your post, this has been driving me nuts as well

      • Fenny says:

        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!

      • Holly says:

        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!!

        • Holly says:

          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.

      • FG says:

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

  10. Nick says:

    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.

  11. Steve says:

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

  12. aleida lozano netzel says:

    Thank you very much. That zooming was driving me crazy.

  13. Alastair says:

    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.

  14. Winny says:

    Thank you, this update has really helpe dme alot

  15. Mike Sakowitz says:

    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.

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