This post shows students and new users steps to disable or enable the touchpad on laptops running Windows 11. Some laptops have touchpad that add same functionality as a mouse without needing an external mouse. If you have an external mouse and you don’t need the touchpad enabled, you can simply disable it with few clicks on Windows 11.
One reason a user might want to disable the touchpad is because of accidental movement of the mouse pointer or cursor with the palm while typing. You may want the touchpad disabled when using the internal keyboard on your laptop.
Have you been in a situation where using the laptop keyboard and your palm accidentally touch the touchpad and the mouse flies around on your screen? Well, you can make that to stop in Windows 11.
Some laptops have a button near the top of the touchpad that allows you to quickly enable and disable the touchpad. You can toggle the touchpad off and on with that button. On Dell laptops, there’s a amble light at the top left corner that one can double tab to quickly enable or disable the touchpad.
Also make sure that you laptop doesn’t have a FN key to disable or enable.
If your laptop doesn’t have the button or a way to quickly enable or disable the touchpad, use the steps below to do so.
To get started with disabling or enabling the touchpad on laptops, follow the steps below.
How to turn off laptop touchpad when using Windows 11
For those who want to disable the touchpad on laptops running Windows 11, the steps below should help them.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Bluetooth & devices, select Touchpad on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.
On the Touchpad settings pane, Toggle the button to the Off position to disable the touchpad. Once the touchpad is disabled, you need an external mouse or even your keyboard to navigate in Windows 11.
How to disable touchpads from Device Manager
Another way to disable or enable the touchpads on laptops computer is using Device Manager. To do that, click on the Start button, then search for Device Manager. Select to open the Device Manager app.
In Device Manager, expand Mouse and other pointing devices, then right-click on the HID-compliant mouse and select Disable device as highlighted below.
How to enable the touchpad when using Windows 11
If you change your mind about disabling the touchpad above, then simply re-enable it by reversing the steps above.
Click on the Start menu and go to Settings ==> Bluetooth & device ==> click on Touchpad and toggle the button to disable or enable the Touchpad to the On position to enable.
That should do it!
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