Most people might be wondering what situation would call for the need to turn off the touchpad feature on a laptop.
Well, I for one am no stranger to bouts of frustration when the mouse cursor accidentally jumps to another place on the screen. This is a very common scenario when I am typing, and my hand unintentionally brushes the touchpad.
Other times, laptop users find the that their touchpad experience with their laptop leaves much to be desired. In this case, they would definitely prefer to connect a mouse for greater productivity.
Thus, if you ever find yourself in the same situation, or if you are already fed up with trying to disable your touchpad feature, read on to find out how to accomplish your goal. Just remember to have a computer mouse nearby to avoid the inconvenience of trying to interact with your laptop using only the keyboard.
1. Straightforward Methods to Use to Disable the Touchpad Feature
Listed below are two of the most effortless way to deactivate your laptop’s touchpad.
2. Locating an Fn Key That Can Turn Off the Touchpad
Laptops have an Fn key that can be pressed simultaneously with a function key in order to disable the touchpad. Look for a function key with a rectangular icon and a line under it because this is usually what you need to press if you need to turn off the touchpad.
3. Locating a Touchpad Button That Allows Easy Toggling
A number of laptops feature a physical button that can be found above the touchpad. Pressing this button is all it takes to turn the touchpad functionality off. If your laptop model has this, then congratulations. You are blessed with one of the most convenient ways to turn the touchpad feature on and off.
4. Methods to Follow to Turn Off the Touchpad Feature in Windows
If your laptop has neither the function key nor the button that will let you disable your touchpad, worry not because there are other means of turning it off. The following are geared towards helping users of Windows 7, 8, and 10.
5. Accessing BIOS to Disable Your Touchpad
Running your laptop’s BIOS (basic input/output system) could provide another simple way to switch off your touchpad. Once your system boots, go inside BIOS and check if you have an option that will let you disable the touchpad.
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Using the Windows Device Manager
- Open your Windows Device Manager. This can be accomplished by navigating to the Run command, then typing Devmgmt.msc in the field. Press the Enter key to open the Device Manager window.
- Click on Test to expand its folder, then look for Mice and other pointing devices. Expand this folder too, and you should be able to see the HID-compliant mouse option.
- Right-click on the HID-compliant mouse that appears first on the list. Doing so will present you with the option to Disable the touchpad hardware. Just choose Yes when the laptop displays a warning message.
In the event that your laptop’s touchpad still works after following the above steps, try to disable the rest of the HID-compliant mice in the list.
Downloading a Software That Will Disable Your Touchpad for You
If none of the methods above worked for you, then it’s probably time to get some outside help. Search online for a program that has the sole purpose of toggling your touchpad on and off. There are a number of free software that works great and are also a breeze to use. Most of the time, all it takes to disable the touchpad is a press of a key.
Disabling Your Touchpad if You Are Using Windows 10
This section will specifically target Windows 10 users who already have a mouse connected on their laptop.
Turning Off the Touchpad Using the Windows Control Panel
Mouse settings can be changed on Windows 10 using Control Panel. You start by opening your Control Panel. Next, click on the option that says Hardware and Sound. You should now see the Device and Printers option. Under it is the Mouse link that will take you to the Device Settings tab.
Once you are inside the Device Settings, you will see a tick box beside an option that says “Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached.” You can now check or uncheck this option anytime you want.
Keep in mind that some laptop manufacturers have already included a support software that allows you to turn off the touchpad functionality once you attach a mouse. Check if you have a touchpad application that presents this kind of option.
Turning Off the Touchpad Using Windows Settings
To be able to turn off the touchpad feature using Settings, you should be using a laptop that came with a precision touchpad.
You start off this method by opening Settings on your laptop. Then, click on Devices. Doing so will present you with the Touchpad link. Under Touchpad, there is a tick box beside an option that says “Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected.” Uncheck this if you want to keep your touchpad disabled while your mouse is connected.
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How to Turn Off the Touchpad Feature on a MacBook
If you are using a MacBook, then the following steps to disable your touchpad or trackpad should work for you.
- Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen.
- Select System Preferences.
- Look for the Accessibility icon and click on that.
- Scroll down on the left window until you get to Mouse & Trackpad. Select this option.
- You now have the choice to check or uncheck the tick box right next option that says “Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present.” Checking this box will leave your touchpad disabled as long as there is a mouse connected.
- Note that you can also find the Trackpad and Mouse Options at the bottom of the window.
There’s no denying that a touchpad is an integral part of a laptop because it serves the purpose of a computer mouse without needing to attach an actual one. People always on the go can benefit the most from the portability touchpads offer. However, laptop users working on a table, or who find the touchpad too much of a nuisance need to know how to turn off the touchpad feature.