How to Disable the Touchpad on a HP Pavilion Laptop

Like other laptops, the HP Pavilion laptop series features a built-in touchpad in lieu of an externally connected mouse. While most users become accustomed to using the touchpad instead of a mouse, others find that they prefer the feel of a mouse. Others may become frustrated because of accidental brushes against the touchpad while typing, which can cause the screen cursor to jump to a new spot and disrupt typing and concentration. You can either set the touchpad to disable while you're typing or completely disable the touchpad. If you decide to disable the touchpad completely, you'll need to use an external mouse.

Disable While Typing

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Click on "Start," then "Control Panel." Choose "Classic View" in the left column.

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Open "Mouse." Select the "Tapping" tab.

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Click the "Tap off when typing" checkbox in the "Typing" section.

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Slide the "Delay after last key is hit" setting to your preferred setting. This will alter how long the touchpad is disabled after you type, which allows you to still use the touchpad when you want to but helps you avoid accidental cursor jumps and clicks.

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Click the "Apply" button, then click "OK."

Disable Completely

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Some HP Pavilion laptops feature an on/off switch for the touchpad. Look for the switch near the touchpad. Press the button, if available. Otherwise, you will have to return to the Control Panel.

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Click on "Start," then "Control Panel." Choose "Classic View" in the left column if it is not already selected.

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Double-click the "Mouse" icon.

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Find and click the "Disable" button. Click "Apply," then "OK" to close. To re-enable the touchpad, return to "Mouse" and click "Enable."