How to Disable the Mouse Button on a Laptop Keyboard

By William Pullman

The touchpad and mouse buttons on laptop computers provide a built-in method for computer navigation when an external mouse is not available. The touchpad and mouse buttons are often found directly below the keyboard, which causes problems for some laptop users. When typing, some users inadvertently tap the touchpad or mouse buttons, causing the cursor to relocate to a different part of the screen. This causes error in the documents the user is typing. To prevent this from happening, you can disable the touchpad and mouse buttons.

Step 1

Click the "Start" button and open "Control Panel." A list of options will appear in the window.

Step 2

Choose "Mouse" to open the "Mouse Properties" window.

Step 3

Choose the "Device Select" tab to open a different list of options in the window.

Step 4

Mark "Disable Device" under "Touchpad Buttons" to turn off the laptop's mouse buttons. If you want to turn off the touchpad as well, select "Disable Device" under "Touchpad."

Step 5

Click the box next to "Disable TouchPad When USB Pointing Device Is Present" if you want the touchpad and mouse buttons to be disabled when you have a mouse connected to the laptop.

Step 6

Press "OK" to save the settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some laptops have a button located on the touchpad that disables the touchpad when activated. Refer to your laptop instruction manual to see if your laptop has this feature.
  • Make sure you have an external mouse connected to your laptop when disabling the device. The external mouse will allow you to continue standard navigation on your computer with the touchpad and mouse buttons disabled.