How to Disable a Mouse Touchpad in Windows 7

A touchpad on a laptop computer can be an advantage for users looking for an intuitive way to navigate their desktop. But some users prefer a standard peripheral mouse due to personal or professional preferences. When using a peripheral mouse, the touchpad stops being an advantage and starts becoming a liability. An accidental mouse click or movement from a touchpad you forgot was active can delete or change important documents. To stay on the safe side, you can disable your Windows 7 touchpad with a few clicks of your preferred peripheral mouse.

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Click "Start."

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Click on "Control Panel."

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Click "Mouse."

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Click on the Hardware tab if no tab marked "Devices" is present. Click on your mouse touchpad in the window. Click "Properties."

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Click "Change Settings."

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Click on the tab marked "Driver."

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Click "Disable." Click "Yes" in the window that appears.

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Click "OK." Restart your computer when prompted to save and enact your changes.