How do I disable the touchpad on my laptop?

How often do you use the touchpad while working on a laptop? Perhaps every second owner of a mobile computer would answer “no”. For owners of personal computers, the touchpad of a laptop is "something unknown" and unusual in terms of control. The touch pad (from the English touch pad) is a small rectangular area with which you can control the cursor. It was invented back in 1988 by George Gerfeide, but gained popularity only in the new century. Moreover, among all laptop manufacturers, only the Cupertino company Apple calls the touchpad a trackpad (from the English track pad). Often, laptop users complain about the excessive sensitivity of the touchpad, as a result of which they have a rather simple question: how to disable the touchpad on a laptop?

The trackpad or touchpad of a laptop is undoubtedly a user-friendly interface for entering information. Using the touchpad, you can control the cursor in all programs, but in games it is absolutely useless. Let's take a look at all the possible ways to disable the touchpad on laptops from different manufacturers.

Perhaps the most affordable way to disable the touchpad is to deactivate it using the hot keys on the keyboard. The keyboard shortcut may vary depending on the laptop model. But this option for disabling the touchpad is only suitable for laptops with installed keyboard drivers.

For example, to disable the touchpad on Asus mobile computers, press the "fn" "F7" or "fn" "F9" keys at the same time.

Acer, like Asus, usually uses the "fn" "F7" key combination, and in notebooks manufactured by the Chinese manufacturer Lenovo, the touchpad is disabled by the "fn" key combination "F9", "fn" "F5" or "fn" "F8".

Notebooks from Toshiba and Dell use the same combination "fn" "F5".

HP decided to go the other way in terms of deactivating the touchpad. So, some laptops have a special button for disabling the touchpad in the upper left part of the touch pad. If your laptop does not have a "recess" in the touchpad or button, then just double-tap on the left side of the touchpad to turn it off.

The above methods for disabling the touchpad of a notebook computer are not unique. So, the main manufacturer of touchpads is Synaptics. Using the Synaptics Pointing Device Driver utility, the user can adjust the panel sensitivity or disable it altogether.

If you are confident that your notebook's touchpad is manufactured by Synaptics, open the Start menu and click on the Control Panel tab. Set the view "Small icons" and click on the icon that says "Mouse" (in Windows 7).

In a new window, open the “Device parameters” tab with the program icon and click on the “Disable” button.

If you want the touchpad to be automatically deactivated when you connect a mouse, check the box next to “Disable internal pointing device...”.

If the manufacturer of the touch panel is unknown or the drivers for it are not installed, it is easy to disable it in the following way. First you need to open the Device Manager in the "Control Panel". Regardless of the version of Windows, you can start Device Manager like this. Press the "R" and "Windows" keys on the keyboard at the same time, enter devmgmt.msc and click "OK".

Then open the "Mouse and other pointing devices" tab, click on the hardware pointing to the touchpad, and select the "Disable" link in the drop-down list.

However, there are more fun ways to disable the touchpad. So, many users, not understanding how to disable the touchpad, seal it with plain paper.

More advanced users prefer a mechanical way to deactivate the touchpad. Typically, the touchpad is connected to the motherboard using a special ribbon cable. To deactivate the touchpad of a laptop, it is enough to disassemble the case of the mobile computer and disconnect the ribbon cable from the motherboard.

True, the above method should be used only in cases where it is impossible to disable the touch panel by other methods.

An equally interesting way to disable the touchpad is presented in the following video: