How to Disable a Joystick on a Laptop

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Some laptop computers have small joystick devices located in the center of their keyboards, intended to provide users with an alternate means of controlling their cursor without having to move their hands away from the computer's keys. Not all users are able to use these joysticks effectively, however, and they may get in the way while typing. Fortunately, these joysticks can be disabled easily. The process of disabling the joystick should only take a few minutes, and it is easily reversible if the owner should decide that he wants to use the joystick again at a later date.

Disabling the Joystick from Windows

  • Open the "Start" menu and select the "Control Panel." Click the "Mouse" option in order to open the "Mouse Properties" window.

  • Click the "Device Select" tab. Choose to disable the joystick or "track stick" component.

  • Click the "Apply" and "OK" buttons in order to accept the new settings, and close the "Mouse Properties" window.

Disabling the Joystick from BIOS

  • Reboot the laptop, pressing the "F2" key (or other indicated key) when the initial BIOS splash screen appears in order to access the BIOS setup options.

  • Locate the joystick or "track stick" option in the BIOS setup menu, highlighting it and pressing the "Enter" key to select it. Press the space bar to toggle the setting and disable the joystick.

  • Press the "Esc" key (or other indicated key) in order to access the "Exit" menu. Choose to save your settings and exit, then wait while the laptop reboots. The joystick will be disabled when your operating system loads.

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