How to Disable a Mouse Touchpad in Windows 7

By Michael Batton Kaput

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.

Step 1

Click "Start."

Step 2

Click on "Control Panel."

Step 3

Click "Mouse."

Step 4

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

Step 5

Click "Change Settings."

Step 6

Click on the tab marked "Driver."

Step 7

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

Step 8

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