If you use an external pointing device with your Windows 10 laptop, you probably don’t want any accidental taps or taps on the built-in trackpad to register. Disabling it might help. But rarely, the options that let you disable the touchpad may not work or appear to be missing.
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So, if you can’t disable the touchpad in Windows 10, you can try an alternative installation, which involves the Windows Registry and third-party software to solve the problem.
Disable touchpad in Windows 10 through settings app
The fastest way to disable your laptop’s touchpad is to use Windows 10’s settings app. Follow the steps below.
1. Open the Start menu and select Start.
2. Select Start.
3. Select Touchpad or Mouse & touchpad on the sidebar.
4. Turn off the switch below the Touchpad to disable the touchpad.
Also, uncheck the box next to Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected option . That will prompt Windows 10 to automatically disable the touchpad whenever you connect a mouse via USB.
Disable the touchpad via Mouse Properties
If the options to disable the touchpad in the Windows 10 Settings app are missing or not working, use the touchpad configuration options on the Mouse Properties app instead.
1. Open the Start menu and go to Settings > Devices .
2. Select Touchpad or Mouse & touchpad on the sidebar.
3. Chọn Additional Settings.
4. Switch to the Device Settings tab . On some laptops, the tab may be labeled after the device model (e.g. ThinkPad) .
5. Select the touchpad in the Devices section and select Disable .
You can also check the box next to Disable internal pointing devices when external USB pointing device is attached to configure the touchpad to automatically turn off whenever you connect a mouse via USB or Bluetooth. If you can’t find the option, you can show it by modifying the System Registry.
Update Touchpad Drivers
If you cannot use the Settings app or the Mouse Properties dialog box to disable the touchpad in Windows 10, you must update your laptop drivers. Visit the manufacturer’s website (Dell, HP, Lenovo, etc.) to download and install them.
You must also update Windows 10. Not only will that fix any bugs and issues that prevent you from disabling the touchpad, but it can also install any touchpad-related driver updates released through Microsoft.
1. Open the Start menu and go to Settings > Update & Security .
2. Select Check for Updates to scan for new updates.
3. Select Download and install to install available updates. Then you have to restart your computer to finish applying them.
Note: If you see an option labeled View optional updates , you may want to check if it contains any additional driver updates for your touchpad.
Once you’ve updated the driver, review the touchpad options on the Settings app or the Mouse Properties dialog box and check if they work.
Disable the touchpad by modifying the Windows Registry
If the above options still don’t work or seem to be missing, you can try disabling your laptop’s touchpad by modifying the Windows Registry system.
We recommend that you back up the system registry before making any changes to it. If any modification leads to additional problems, that will help you restore the Windows Registry.
1. Press Windows + R to open the Run box .
2. Type regedit and select OK .
3. Copy and paste the following path into the Registry Editor’s address bar:
4. Press Enter .
5. Double-click the registry entry labeled Enabled .
6. Enter the value 0 and select OK .
7. Exit Registry Editor.
That will disable the touchpad. If you want to re-enable it later, go through the steps above again but set the value of the Enabled registry key to 1 .
Modify Windows Registry (Alternative Method)
If the Mouse Properties dialog box does not allow you to disable the touchpad while you connect the mouse, the following registry trick will help unhide it. The following applies only to Synaptics touchpads.
1. Open the Registry Editor .
2. Copy and paste the following path and press Enter :
3. Double-click the registry entry labeled DisableIntPDFeature .
4. Set Value data to 33 .
5. Select OK .
6. Open the Start menu and go to Settings > Devices > Touchpad > Additional settings > Device Settings . The option Disable internal pointing devices when external USB pointing device is attached is now attached.
Disable touchpad via Device Manager
Another way to disable a laptop’s touchpad in Windows 10 is to use the Device Manager app.
1. Press Windows + X and select Device Manager .
2. Mở rộng Mice and other pointing devices.
3. Right click on the touchpad driver and select Disable device .
If you see multiple instances of the generic HID-compliant mouse driver , you may want to disable them one by one until you come across the entry that corresponds to your touchpad.
Disable touchpad via BIOS or UEFI
If none of the above fixes worked, you can try disabling the touchpad via BIOS or UEFI. We highly recommend going through our guide on how to enter and use BIOS or UEFI. Then follow the steps below to disable the touchpad.
1. Start by entering BIOS or UEFI on your laptop.
2. Look under each BIOS or UEFI tab to find an option like Touchpad or Internal Pointing Device .
3. Press Enter and select Disabled .
4. Save the changes and exit the BIOS.
Disable Touchpad with Touchpad Blocker
Third-party utilities exist that can help you disable the touchpad in Windows 10. Touchpad Blocker is a perfect example. This is a free program that allows you to quickly deactivate the touchpad with a simple keyboard shortcut (set to Ctrl + Alt + F9 by default).
The Touchpad Blocker is extremely lightweight and quickly accessible via the system tray. It also has additional options such as the ability to block random presses as you type on your laptop’s keyboard, auto-start at system startup, and more. too complicated, you should start using the program.