There are many situations in which you need to disable touchpad on your laptop. For example, when you are typing, your thumbs or palm may accidentally touch the touchpad and the mouse cursor will move to a different area in your computer — the touchpad is getting in the way.
To turn off touchpad, you can try many methods. If you don’t like this touchpad feature, you can follow the ways below to disable it.
Note: Touchpad on a laptop or notebook is also called trackpad.
4 Methods to Disable Touchpad/Trackpad on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista
The ways to disable a touchpad depends on the hardware. Most modern laptops share the same way to turn off this feature. Below are 4 methods.
Method 1. Use Function Keys
You can use Function keys to toggle the state of the touchpad, like Fn + F5 to disable touchpad on Dell laptops, hold the top-left corner of the touchpad for a few seconds to disable HP laptops, or Fn + F7 to disable the touchpad on some other PCs.
Method 2. Try Buttons or Icons
Many new laptops and notebooks have a physical button to turn on/off the touch pad, or there is an icon in the system tray to allow you to manage the touchpad settings. Check your PCs carefully or check your laptop’s documentation.
Method 3. Go to Control Panel
The common method is to disable the touchpad on Control Panel. Go to Control Panel. You can try “Control Panel” in the Start search box to locate it. In the pop-up Control Panel window, select “Mouse Properties”, “Touch Pad” and you will see the feature to disable or enable the touchpad.
Method 4. Uninstall the Touchpad Driver
A touchpad driver is the software to allow your computer to communicate with the touchpad. If you uninstall the touchpad driver, the touchpad won’t work on your computer. And if you want to enable the touchpad, just install the driver and it will work properly.
Step 1. Free download and install Driver Talent on your laptop on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows Server.
Step 2. Launch this utility and click on “Tools”. Select the “Uninstall” menu. You will see all drivers that you can uninstall from your computer. Choose your touchpad and click “Uninstall”.
Step 3. After all is done, restart your computer for all changes to take effect.
If you want to enable the touchpad on your computer, just try Driver Talent again to install the touchpad driver in the “Download and Update” menu.
If you want to disable the touchpad completely, you can try BIOS. The methods to reach the Pointing Devices section in your BIOS vary from laptops.