Do you want to disable your laptop touchpad?
Without a doubt, the touchpad is a Godsend.
It negates the need for a mouse, making working on the go a breeze. However, there can be a downside. Have this happened to you?
You’re working happily on your laptop only to brush the touchpad sending your cursor flying across your screen. Admittedly, it’s a small annoyance, but one that can get on your nerves after a while.
We’re here to banish life’s little annoyances, so here’s how you can temporarily disable your laptop’s touchpad.
Disable laptop touchpad
All laptops are different, so the method of disabling the touchpad will differ.
Some will have a physical switch that disables the touchpad. Others will offer a keyboard shortcut (such as pressing Fn and F7 simultaneously). So it’s best to check out your laptop’s handbook for the right method.
Disabling a touchpad in software
PCWorld also offers this advice if your manufacturer provides a way of customising and disabling your touchpad through software:
- Look for a touchpad icon in the notification area (lower-right corner). Double-click or right-click it to browse the touchpad options; disable the touchpad from here if possible
- If you don’t find a touchpad icon in the notification area, type control panel in the Windows search bar. Go to Hardware and Sound, and under Devices and Printers, click Mouse. The Mouse Properties window will open; you might find a tab in that window where you can disable the touchpad
- Look for a touchpad software entry in the Start menu if you can’t find it in the notification area or under Mouse Properties
If you don’t see a way to physically disable the touchpad or to disable it through software, you still have another option.
- Click Start
- Type device manager into the Search box. In the Device Manager, expand Mice and other pointing devices
- Right-click the touchpad’s entry. In the menu that pops up, click Disable
- Confirm your choice in the pop-up window
If you find touchpad software installed on your laptop, you might be able to adjust the settings and eliminate the touchpad’s annoying behaviour without disabling it. For example, some touchpad software allows you to change the sensitivity of the touchpad, ignore palm presses, and automatically disable the touchpad when the system detects an external mouse.
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