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How to Disable a Laptop Touchpad

The laptop touchpad is the built-in mouse that is found under the keyboard on the base of your laptop. It eliminates the need for a mouse. Nonetheless, a whole lot of people just don't like to use the touchpad. They simply prefer to use the conventional, detachable mouse. Some claim discomfort whenever they use the touchpad, others just want to stick to using the mouse. If you have no use for your laptop touchpad, then you may want to disable it. Disabling a laptop touchpad is very easy. We look at how to disable the touchpad of a laptop running on Windows 7.

Step 1 - Click the start button.

Step 2 - On the start menu, click on the control panel.

Step 3 - On the control panel menu, click on the hardware and sound icon.

Step 4 - Under devices and computer icon, click on mouse.

Step 5 - The mouse properties menu opens: For laptops with the synaptic touchpad, the touchpad can be disabled in the synaptic tab on the mouse properties menu. To put short, if you find any tab labeled 'synaptic', click on it to disable the touchpad immediately. Continue to the next step if you can't find any such tab.

Step 6 - Click on the hardware tab. You should now be faced with two icons depicting a mouse. Highlight the PS/2 Compatible mouse and click on the properties button.

Step 7 - On the ps/2 compatible mouse properties menu, click on "change settings".

Step 8 - Click on the driver tab.

Step 9 - Click disable.

Step 10 - Confirm your action and click OK.

You may need to restart your computer at this point. After you restart, the laptop touchpad should be disabled. To re-enable the touchpad, you simply need to do the opposite of what you just did to disable it.

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