How To Disable Laptop Touchpad

How To Disable Laptop Touchpad

With today’s technology and affordability more and more consumers are using notebook computers as opposed to desktop pcs. Many people however do not like the touchpad mouse which is what is installed on a notebook. There is a rather simple way for the consumer to disable laptop touchpad and add an external mouse, which is what we will discuss in this article.

The main reasons for people to want to disable laptop touchpad are they are gamers and need to use an external mouse, or need to use a mouse for a lot of moving and clicking (such as data entry), or perhaps they just dislike it. Dependent upon the model you are using and which version of Windows you are using there will be varying instructions on how perform this function.

The easiest and most common way to disable the touchpad is to follow below:

1. Go to ‘Start’ then ‘Control Panel’.2. Navigate to ‘Printers and Other Hardware’, then click on ‘mouse settings’, or in newer versions of Windows (such as Windows 7), these will be found under ‘Hardware and Sound’.3. You will see a tab that says ‘Devices’, click on this tab and navigate to ‘Mouse’.4. This next step will be dependent upon your laptop setup. If you see a selection called ‘Synaptic’ then all you need to do is disable by selecting it. 5. You would then click ‘Apply’, and ‘Ok’ to save settings and exit out of the control panel. 6. It is always wise to restart your computer after changes such as this.

In the instances where you do not have ‘Synaptic’ option as stated above follow these steps:

1. Go to ‘Start’ then ‘Control Panel’.2. Navigate to ‘Printers And Other Hardware’, then click on ‘mouse settings’, or in newer versions of Windows (such as Windows 7), these will be found under ‘Hardware and Sound’.3. You will see a tab that says ‘Devices’ tab.4. Next select the PS/2 Mouse and go to properties.5. You should now have a ‘change properties’ setting, select.6. You should then disable the mouse driver by clicking on the correct tab or option. 7. Click Apply then OK. 8. Now restart your system, but first be sure to install you USB mouse.

Should neither of these two solutions work for you, you may need to enter your bios at the startup and see if you can disable notebook touchpad within that. If not, you should contact a service technician.