How To Turn Off The Touchpad On Your Laptop

Martin Wilson

Jul 15, 2022

It has been a typical laptop-pointing device for years now: the Touchpad. Since a laptop has a built-in touchpad, you don't have to carry a separate pointing device. A touchpad's tactile nature appeals to some users more than any other pointing device. It doesn't matter if you're a fan of touchpads or if you merely tolerate them. It's typical to accidentally send the cursor flying across the screen when typing on a laptop's keyboard, brushing against the Touchpad.

To turn off a touchpad, you'll need to know your hardware. The good news is that the makers of today's laptops have taken steps to solve the problem at the outset. You may be able to disable and reactivate the Touchpad by looking around the laptop's edge. Disabling the Touchpad may be as simple as hitting Fn and F7 simultaneously on the PC, or it may be as simple as pressing a specific location of the Touchpad itself.

1. Disable Windows Touchpad

Changes to Windows settings should be made in the Settings app first thing every time. So, before moving on to more involved techniques, let's look at how to disable the Touchpad in Windows settings. Go to Settings by right-clicking on the Windows Start button. Select Touchpad from the left-sidebar of Devices. Disable the Touchpad by turning off the toggle. You can only change the sensitivity of the Touchpad in the Settings app. Thus you can't turn it off.

2. Control Panel touchpad disable

Disabling the Touchpad in Windows Control Panel is an option you have as well. You have three alternatives if you choose to go this route:

1. Disable Touchpad

Take a look at the Windows Control Panel's Mouse section. Navigate to the ELAN touchpad tab under Mouse Properties. Stop the Device by pressing the ELAN Touchpad's Stop button. When the Disable Device warning message appears, select Yes to turn off your Touchpad.

2. Disable Touchpad When Connecting a Device

Similarly, in the same window, you may tick the box for disabling the touchpad pad when an external USB pointing device is plugged in. You may use your Touchpad again as soon as you remove the external Device from the computer.

3. Disable Touchpad Clicks, Keep Scroll

Lastly, a workaround lets you deactivate touchpad clicks without affecting scrolling or the Touchpad's button. This time, navigate to the Control Panel and select the Touchpad option. In One-finger options, choose Tapping setup. It is possible to stop the Touchpad's clicks while leaving its other functions intact by unchecking the Enable box.

There are three choices available for customizing your Touchpad's settings. Let's say none of the above solutions worked for you; try another approach to turning off the Touchpad in Windows instead.

3. Use Device Manager to turn off your Touchpad

The Device Manager should be your next port of call for disabling the Touchpad if none of the preceding techniques work. How it works is explained in the following manner:

  • To go to Device Manager, press the Start button, then click on the Device Manager icon.
  • The category of pointing devices, such as mice, should be expanded.
  • Right-click the touchpad driver and select Disable device.

Disabling one at a time may be necessary to determine which one is your Touchpad's driver if both are shown with the same name.

4. Disable Touchpad in ETD Control Centre

The trackpad will stop working if you uninstall this application. If you have this software installed on your Device, the following procedures will help you remove it:

  • When you right-click on the taskbar, select Task Manager.
  • ETD Control Center appears in the program list.
  • Left-click the End Task (or Disable) button to complete the process

Apply the modifications to your computer by restarting it once. After disabling it, your Touchpad will no longer function at startup time. In this case, removing ETD Control Centre will have no effect because your computer's touchpad driver will still be active.

5. Disabling Touchpad through Registry

Try editing the Registry. If nothing else works, turn off the Touchpad. However, only if you are confident in your abilities. Even if you've done this before, saving a copy of the Registry is a good idea. If your expertise fails and you make a mistake, you'll be able to undo it.

To deactivate the Touchpad in the Registry, follow these steps:

  • To open the Run command box, press Win + R.
  • Hit OK after typing in "Regedit."
  • Tap Yes to give the user access permission.
  • Use the following route to go to the PrecisionTouchPad status folder. Copy and paste it into the Registry if you'd rather.
  • To update the value data, double-tap on the Enabled item
  • Rather than one, change the value data to zero.

If you don't alter the data value back to 1, the Touchpad won't operate. You may need to use a third-party program to disable the Touchpad.

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