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Mouse Won't Work

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I purchased a new Dell laptop a couple weeks ago.
When I first got it the mouse was working fine. Then one day it just stopped working. I haven't dropped it, but my pets have stepped on it so I'm not sure if maybe they changed the settings or something. It was working fine the day before.
When I plug in a mouse it works fine, it's just the laptop's mouse...

Any suggestions?
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but my pets have stepped on it

:D That's never good - especially if cats because their hair and dander are very oily and if allowed to be around (or on) your computer, their oily hair and dander will be sucked into the computer and get stuck on all the electronics. From there, it collects and forms a layer of hard to remove, heat-trapping dust. Pets, especially cats, are often attracted to the warmth. Keep them away.

I suggest you read your owners manual concerning the Fn and F-keys. I suspect a Fn + F-key keyboard combination was hit, turning off the notebook's touchpad.
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