How to disable my laptop touchpad temporarily?
December 17, 2011 10:10am CST
Hello while typing texts I am having problem of my cursor going to somewhere else because of the touchpad below the keypad in my laptop so is there any good software or some way to disable this touch pad temporarily and enable again when I want or can keep it disabled till I need.
• United States
17 Dec 11
If you can't find a place to turn it off, look for "pointing device" in your Control Manager under Device Manager, assuming you're using Windows. There should be an easier way, though. Some HP laptops have a very small button at the top of the touchpad but others don't. Look around, both on the physical computer as well as the software and you should find it. I know what you mean about the pointer jumping where you don't want it. I disabled my touchpad and got a wireless mouse just because of that.
17 Dec 11
It depends on the type of laptop you have. In dell you may use Fn + F5 key to enable or disable. In HP hold the top left corner for a while and wait for a few seconds. In some others, there is an icon in the system tray. You only have to disable each function one by one.
18 Dec 11
To avoid ruin in such situation, it may not be a bad to disable the touchpad, at least during the time you typing a long document. Some laptop don't have dedicated button but you can use function keys Fn+F5 to togle the state of your touchpad. Or if you use HP laptop, you can hold the top left corner of the touchpad for few second and it will disable the touch pad - repeat this to re-active it. Good Luck !!!
• Djibouti, Djibouti
17 Dec 11
If you are using XP, you have a disable turnpad option in the mouse section of the control panel. On a Linux OS, Fn+F3 may work on some systems to enable/disable the touchpad. Ubuntu has a check box for enabling the touchpad in System - Preferences - Mouse, and more generally, if you are using X11, you can always disable it by putting a value of 0 for MaxTapTime in the Synaptics Mouse section of etc/X11/xorg.conf