How to Disable Your Touchpad While Typing


While a laptop's touchpad can be a convenient replacement for a full-sized mouse, it can also become an annoyance when typing, especially on smaller laptops. Often when typing, a laptop's touchpad will detect certain hand motions and move the mouse accordingly. This can cause entire lines of text to be switched around and mixed up before the user notices. Fortunately, it is not difficult to turn off the touchpad so such annoyances do not occur.

  • Go into the Start menu and click "Control Panel."

  • Find the "Mouse" icon and open it. (On later versions of Windows, you might have to switch the Control Panel to Classic View to see this icon.) This will take you to the Mouse Properties dialog box.

  • Select the "Device Settings" tab.

  • Select the appropriate option of those presented to disable your touchpad. The options will vary slightly from laptop to laptop, but you should see an option to turn off the touchpad on most models.

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