How to Disable a Touchpad

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Whether you use your notebook to work, write or play games on the go, you probably know the frustration of accidentally hitting its touchpad and causing unexpected things to happen. The good news is that if you own a Windows-based PC, there's an easy way to disable the touchpad and prevent these mishaps from occurring. This quick fix also works for Windows XP and Vista, so it's great for a large number of users.

Step 1

Open the Control Panel. One of its shortcuts might be on your Desktop, but if it's not, simply open the Start Menu and look for it there.

Step 2

Open the "Mouse" mini control panel. XP users can find this under the "Printers and Other Hardware" section of the Control Panel, while Vista users can simply click its icon in the Classic View Control Panel.

Step 3

Click on the "Device Settings" tab if you're using XP or the "Touchpad" tab if you're using Vista.

Step 4

Look for the "Disable device" option in the touchpad's controls. Check the radio button next to this option.

Step 5

Select "OK" and exit the Control Panel. Your touchpad should now be disabled.

Step 6

Try moving the cursor with the touchpad to make sure it's inactive.

Step 7

Remember to reactivate your touchpad before you disconnect your notebook's peripheral mouse. Without it, you won't have any way of moving the cursor around the screen.

Tips & Warnings

  • Disable your notebook's touchpad buttons, as well, if you want to avoid accidental clicks while you're typing. You can do this from the same window where you disabled the touchpad itself.