When buying a new laptop, we attach great importance to a slim and smooth touchpad. However, there are times when you want to get rid of it entirely. The touchpad may register unintentional clicks when you type on the keyboard, you may want to use an external device, or some other reason.
It is not possible to physically disconnect it from the laptop, but you can disable it. Let's take a look at six different ways you can disable the touchpad on your laptop.
1. Deactivate the touchpad in the Windows settings
On Windows, the Settings app is the first place you should make changes to Settings. So let's take a look at how to disable the touchpad in Windows Settings before moving on to more complex methods of how to disable it.
Right click on the window begin Button and go to settings. Then navigate to devices and go to Touchpad from the left sidebar. Switch off Touchpad toggle to disable the touchpad.
You may only see the touchpad's sensitivity settings, which means you can't turn it off in the Settings app.
2. Deactivate the touchpad in the control panel
Alternatively, you can deactivate the touchpad in the Windows control panel. If you want to take this route, you have three options:
1. Completely deactivate the touchpad
Navigate to the mouse Category in Windows Control Panel. Go to the Touchpad tab in the mouse properties, so in this case ELAN. Click on ELAN touchpad and hit Stop device. Tap on Yes sir Your touchpad will be deactivated in the “Deactivate device” pop-up window.
Note: Using an external mouse is the only way to get your touchpad working again. So keep them close if you don't want to get stuck after disabling the touchpad.
2. Disable the touchpad when you connect an external device
In the same window you can check the box for Disable when external USB pointing device is connected, which deactivates the touchpad as soon as you connect an external pointing device.
After disconnecting the external device, the touchpad works again.
3. Disabling touchpad clicks while maintaining scrolling functionality
Lastly, if you want to disable clicks on the touchpad but want to keep scrolling on the touchpad and its button, there is another way out.
Go to the Control Panel and this time go to the Touchpad Category. Go to Tap Configuration in A finger the settings. Uncheck the box for Activate disables the clicks on the touchpad while the rest of its functions work.
You can choose from three options to set your touchpad to your desired settings. Suppose these methods didn't work for you; Continue with other methods of disabling the touchpad in Windows.
3. Deactivate the touchpad in the device manager
If the above methods don't work for you, Device Manager should be your next stop to disable the touchpad. Thats how it works:
Left click on that begin button and go to Device manager.
Expand the category for Mice and other pointing devices.
Right click on the driver for your touchpad and tap Deactivate device.
If you find both your external pointing device and touchpad with the same driver name, you may need to disable them one at a time to see which one your touchpad represents.
This method is not applicable in some cases when Windows does not allow the primary touchpad device to be disabled through its driver.
4. Deactivate the touchpad via the ETD Control Center
ETD Control Center, known as Elan Trackpad Device Control Center, is a program that runs in the background of your device and controls your trackpad activity. Exiting this program will disable your trackpad.
The following instructions will help you disable this program if you have it installed on your device:
Right click the system tray and go to Task manager.
Find the ETD control center from the program list.
Tap End task (or disable) by left-clicking on it.
Restart your computer once for the changes to take effect. Once disabled, it won't run on boot and will prevent your touchpad from working. However, if your computer has its own touchpad driver, disabling ETD Control Center makes no difference.
ETD Control Center is also not available on all laptops. So, if you don't have this program that controls your touchpad activity, this fix won't apply.
5. Deactivate the touchpad via the Windows registry
If nothing seems to disable the touchpad, try changing the registry. However, only do this if you know what you are doing. Even if you are familiar with such changes, you should back up the registry. Therefore, if your expertise fails and you mess something up, you can restore it.
Here is what you need to do to disable the touchpad through the registry:
Press Profit + r to open the Run command box.
Type "Regedit" and hit OK.
Allow access to user controls by tapping Yes sir.
Navigate to the PrecisionTouchPad status folder via the following path. (You can also copy and paste it into the registry.)
Computer HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion PrecisionTouchPad Status
Double tap Allows Entry for changing value data.
sentence Measured value to 0 Instead of 1.
Therefore, the touchpad will not work unless you change the data value back to 1. If you still cannot disable the touchpad after following these steps, you should use third-party apps.
6. Use third party software
If all else fails, you can use third-party apps. Touchpad Blocker is a great free tool for enabling or disabling the touchpad with a keyboard shortcut. By default they are set as CTRL + ALT + F9. You can toggle the blocker on and off by pressing CTRL + F9 (no ALT).
To use this software, visit the Touchpad Blocker official website. Download and install the touchpad blocker software. After installation, press CTRL + F9 to activate it. You can later access the touchpad blocker either from the system tray or from the list of hidden icons.
Aside from disabling the touchpad, you can also configure the program to run automatically on startup, beep when the click is blocked, and block motion and cycling events if necessary.
In addition, you can stop accidental taps and clicks and set time intervals to block clicks. There are so many things you can do with the touchpad blocker to control touchpad activity.
Disable your touchpad and get back to work
Some of the fixes may work for you and some may not. No matter what, the last option will work in any case if none of the other options worked. Regardless of which version of Windows you are using, Touchpad Blocker is compatible with Windows XP / Vista / 7/8 and 10.
If you have problems with the touchpad after reactivating it, you should update the driver, disconnect all external pointing devices, or reset other mouse settings.
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About the author
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Shan Abdul is a mechanical engineering graduate. After completing his training, he started his career as a freelance writer. He writes about using various tools and software to help people be more productive as a student or a professional. In his spare time, he likes to watch YouTube videos on the subject of productivity.
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