How to Turn Off a Mouse Pad on a Windows 7 Laptop

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When typing a document on a laptop, you may find your palm brushing against the touchpad mouse, moving the cursor or clicking somewhere else on the document, disrupting your work. Alternatively you may prefer using a USB mouse instead of the touchpad. Fortunately you can temporarily disable the touchpad mouse on your Windows 7 laptop using one of several methods, depending on the make and model of the computer. Try each of the methods to see which methods work on your particular laptop.

Function Keys

  • Press and hold the "Fn" or "Function" key on your keyboard. This key is usually located in the bottom left corner of the keyboard.

  • Press the "F5" key while holding the Function key.

  • Move your finger along the touchpad to see if it disabled it. Note that this method generally works with Acer and Dell computers.

Disable Mouse While USB Mouse Connected

  • Press the "Windows" button on your keyboard and "R" button simultaneously. The Windows Run box will appear.

  • Enter "main.cpl" into the empty field and press "Enter." The Mouse Properties dialog box will appear.

  • Click the "Device Settings" tab at the top.

  • Place a check-mark next to "Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached." Click "OK." The touchpad mouse will automatically stop working anytime you connect a USB mouse to your laptop.

Disable Touchpad Mouse Driver

  • Press the "Windows" button on your keyboard and "R" button simultaneously. The Windows Run box will appear.

  • Enter "devmgmt.msc" into the empty field and press "Enter." The Device Manager dialog box will appear.

  • Scroll down and locate "Mice and other pointing devices." Click the "+" icon to the left of the entry to expand the selection.

  • Locate the "Touchpad" or equivalent entry beneath "Mice and other pointing devices." Right-click the entry and select "Disable."

Tips & Warnings

  • All of these methods may not work with your particular computer model.

References

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