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How to Disable Touchpad on Windows 10

Windows 10 can disable your touchpad automatically when connecting a mouse, and in this guide, we'll show you how to do it.

On a notebook, the in-built input device for your mouse pointer is referred to as a touchpad. Touchpads are totally usable and are excellent when it comes to using them for mouse pointer input signal. But most people would still rather use a mouse compared to a touchpad to move their cursor around. If you connect a physical mouse to your laptop, though, you can’t have the touchpad working as an input device too (there would simply be a battle between the two and the touchpad may also become a source of unintentional input). For that reason, and to get a range of others, we often should turn their touchpads off.

Disabling a notebook’s touchpad is comfortably within the realm of possibilities, even on Windows 10 — the latest and greatest iteration of the Windows Operating Ssytem. Before you proceed to turning the touchpad on your Windows 10 laptop off, you should definitely have an alternative input device for your mouse pointer connected. If you only need to have your computer’s touchpad turned off as you’ve got a mouse connected to it, you’d be better off following disable touchpad. If you would like to permanently turn your touchpad off, nevertheless, you are certainly in the right place.

There are a range of various approaches that you may consider disabling touchpads on Windows 10, and which one you use only depends upon your particular conditions or essentially whichever manner ends up getting the job done for you. Without further ado, the following are a Few of the absolute best methods you can use to disable a touchpad on Windows 10:

 

How to disable touchpad when mouse is connected using Settings

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Devices.
  3. Click on Touchpad.
  4. Under “Touchpad,” clear the Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected option.

Once you completed the steps, the touchpad will remain disabled unless you disconnect your mouse.

 

Disable the touchpad in Settings

Windows 10 brought with it the ability to turn your laptop’s touchpad on or off directly from the Operating System’s Settings utility. If you would like to disable your touchpad from Settings, all you need to do is:

  1. Open the Start Menu.

2. Click on Settings.

3. Click on Devices.

4. In the left pane of the window, click on Touchpad.

5. In the right pane of the window, locate a toggle right under Touchpad, and turn this toggle Off.

6. Close the Settings window.

 

Enable or disable touchpad in BIOS

While not all OEMs offer an option in the BIOS to enable or disable the touchpad, most laptops have an option in the BIOS to turn on or off the touchpad. For instance, there is an option in my ThinkPad BIOS to enable or disable the touchpad. Boot into BIOS to check if an option is present.

enable or disable trackpad in BIOS in Windows 10

 

 

Disable ETD Control Center from running at startup

For many laptops, the touchpad is controlled by a program known as ETD Control Center, a program that starts up every single time your computer boots up, and it is when this program is running in the background that your touchpad works. That being the case, users who do have ETD Control Center on their computers can disable their touchpads by simply preventing the program from running at startup. Users who don’t have ETD Control Center on their computers, however, would be better off giving any of the other methods listed and described here a shot. To use this method, you need to:

  1. Press Ctrl Shift Esc to launch the Task Manager.
  2. Navigate to the Startup tab of the Task Manager.

 

Select Startup Options

Select the startup tab along the top.

Disable ETD Control Center

If you don’t immediately see ETD Control Center, you can sort the programs by their status.

Disable it by either right clicking or pressing the button at the bottom right-hand corner.

 

How to disable touchpad when mouse is connected using Settings

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Devices.
  3. Click on Touchpad.
  4. Under “Touchpad,” clear the Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected option.

Once you completed the steps, the touchpad will remain disabled unless you disconnect your mouse.

 

How to disable touchpad when mouse is connected using Control Panel

It should be noted that the option in the Settings app is only available on devices featuring a precision touchpad. If you have another type of touchpad, it’s possible to change the mouse settings using Control Panel, or a third-party tool — usually provided by your device manufacturer.

For example, if you’re using a Synaptics touchpad, you can use Control Panel to change the mouse settings using the following steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click on Hardware and Sound.
  3. Under “Devices and Printers,” click on Mouse.
  4. On the “Device Settings” tab, clear the Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached option.

Also, note that depending on the manufacturer, the option to disable the touchpad when a mouse is connected can be buried within the support software.

 

 

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