Touchpad or trackpad is the touch sensitive area on the laptop which is used as a pointing device for controlling the pointer on the computer screen. Although this is the standard pointing device on a laptop since it’s inbuilt, it seems to create problems when the user wishes to attach an external pointing device. Apart from that, it can also cause annoyance while you’re typing a long essay or just using the keyboard to play a game online.
But, the good news is that there is a way to disable the trackpad on your laptop. Modern day laptops give you to the option to enable/ disable the trackpad as per your requirement.
Follow these steps to disable the trackpad/ touchpad on your laptop:
For Windows 7:
Click Start> Control Panel> Hardware and Sound> Devices and Printers. Then, click on the mouse icon and in the mouse properties window, choose “device settings”. Then click on “settings”; next in the Properties Synaptics Touchpad window, click on “tapping”. Uncheck the checkbox next to “enable tapping” Finally, click on “Apply” and then “Ok”.
Some laptops also have a touchpad icon in the notification area. You can browse the touchpad options by clicking on it.
Option 3: (For Dell and HP users)
This option would not work for all laptops. If you have an HP laptop, you can hold the top-left corner of the touchpad for few seconds or double tap it to toggles on/off and that will disable the touchpad.
On the other hand, if you’re a Dell user, you can use the key combination- Fn+ F5 to disable/ enable the touchpad.
Option 4: (To Temporarily disable the touchpad)
If you don’t options to disable your touchpad available in your laptop, then you can use free external programs like Touchpad Pal or TouchFreeze. These automatically detect when you’re typing and temporarily disable the touchpad and then enable it again when you’re done typing.