What's the difference between a touchpad and touch input?

A touchpad is a hardware device that you use with your finger to move the pointer on the screen. Some laptops have a touchpad near the keyboard. For more information about how to use your touchpad, check the information that came with your computer.

Illustration of a laptop with a touchpad
Laptop with a touchpad

Touch input is a feature that enables a computer screen to respond to the touch of your finger. To use touch input, you must have specific hardware. If touch input is available on your computer, you can use your finger to move the pointer on the screen, select objects, and open files and folders. For more information about touch input, see What's new for computers with touchscreens?