How to disable Touchpad when using Laptop

The touchpad is located underneath the laptop keyboard, where you can use your finger to move the mouse pointer to replace the normal external mouse (USB connection). If you prioritize convenience when you need to carry your laptop a lot, or simply your desk doesn’t have enough space for an external mouse, then using the touchpad is really useful.

However, if you use an external mouse, it is unnecessary to leave the touchpad active, because sometimes using a keyboard, just a slight touch of the cursor can be a nuisance for the job.

The following article will provide very simple ways for you to successfully disable the touchpad only in “ticks”:

Disable automatically when connecting the mouse

Windows has the ability to automatically disable the touchpad when you connect an external mouse, and that’s the solution most people can use. This makes it easy to use the touchpad on the go without having to worry about it when you connect the mouse.

Open Windows Settings by clicking the Start button, then clicking on the wheel. Or you can press Windows + I.

Next, click the Devices option.

On the Devices page switch to the Touchpad menu on the left and turn off the “Leave Touchpad on When Mouse is Connected” option. Now when connecting an external mouse, it will automatically turn off your touchpad. Disconnecting the mouse will reactivate the touchpad.

Disable Touchpad from the system tray

Some laptops have a switch (or use a function key) on / off for the touchpad, otherwise you can disable this feature through the software.

Look for the touchpad icon on the system tray (system tray) in the lower right corner of the screen, double-click or right-click on the icon to see options and disable this touchpad if possible.

Disable Touchpad with shortcut

This is the easiest way to turn off the touchpad on a laptop. Look at the array of F keys on the keyboard, and see if the F key has a hand icon on the square or touchpad icon with the slash. That is the Touchpad on / off button, usually F7, F8 or F9. For example, with the Asus computer, to enable or disable the touchpad, press the Fn and F9 keys simultaneously (as shown below). Users should read the user guide carefully to find shortcuts specific to each type of laptop.

Some touchpad shortcuts on today’s popular laptops:

  • Asus: Fn + F9
  • Acer Aspire: Fn + F7
  • Laptop HP: Fn + F7
  • Laptop Toshiba: Fn + F9
  • Lenovo: Fn + F6
  • Dell: Fn + F3 hoặc F8

Disable Touchpad from device manager (Device Manager)

If your laptop is not available or you cannot find the above features, you can disable the touchpad from Device Manager by clicking Start, typing Device Manager in the search box and Enter.

In Device Manager, expand the Mice And Other Pointing Devices list, right-click the entry for the touchpad and then click the Disable Device command. This will disable the touchpad until you return to Device Manager and turn it on again.

Using the 3rd software

Finally, if you have the touchpad software on your laptop, you can customize it for ease of use, not necessarily trying to disable it. For example, you can change the sensitivity of the touchpad to not mistakenly manipulate the mouse with your hand accidentally pressing down, or automatically disabling the touchpad when the system detects an external mouse.

If not available, you can download Touchpad Blocker software.

After installing and starting, the Touchpad Blocker interface appears quite simple. There are 4 pre-marked options Automatically run program on startup (automatically activate Touchpad Blocker program when Windows starts), Block accidental taps and clicks (lock Toudpad when detecting fast typing speed in certain time periods, in milliseconds – milliseconds, the default is 300 miliseconds). Setup is complete, press the X (Close) button to close the program window.

The above are simple ways to help you disable the touchpad on a laptop to avoid annoying during work, especially when typing. Good luck!

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