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Windows 7: How do I disable the touchpad on my computer?

03 Jun 2010   #1

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How do I disable the touchpad on my computer?

I have windows 7, it's a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, and I can't find the settings anywhere to disable the friggin' thing.

Other people have tried to help in the past by saying it's in the control settings under moue configuration. It's NOT there. I've searched for it and it's nowhere to be seen.


Can anybody help?





bty, my thumb touched the stupid pad even while writing this and made my start typing over what i've already written. Which is exactly why I hate the stupid thing.

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03 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

It should be under mouse settings/hardware, i have attached a screen shot of mine it is a desktop so there is no touch pad showing
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03 Jun 2010   #3

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

In the control panel, are you viewing all items or just the short list view? It may not show up in the default, compressed list view.
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03 Jun 2010   #4
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Amthermandes View Post
I have windows 7, it's a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop, and I can't find the settings anywhere to disable the friggin' thing.

Other people have tried to help in the past by saying it's in the control settings under moue configuration. It's NOT there. I've searched for it and it's nowhere to be seen.

Can anybody help?

bty, my thumb touched the stupid pad even while writing this and made my start typing over what i've already written. Which is exactly why I hate the stupid thing.
If you don't have a button to release the all thing (mine have one, to lock the touchpad), you might have to uninstall the Synaptics drivers from control panel "Add & Remove Programs".

At reboot this will not work anymore.
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03 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

There should be an FN key combination.

Mine is FN+F3 or something.

~Lordbob
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03 Jun 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

 

In Device Manager, disable Synaptics Touchpad device.

I do not recommend doing this as you lose the backup to your mouse and will need another mouse in order to get into the Device Manager to turn it back on.

Another example is my notebook mouse lost its ablity to click and drag text on the beach the other day while editing a forums post here. I needed the touchpad to do it until I could get new batteries into the mouse.
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03 Jun 2010   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

You can generally access settings through the control panel. Open up Mouse Settings from the control panel, move over to the Device Settings tab and you should be able access touchpad settings in there.

Depending on the make and model of your laptop you should find options such as "disable touchpad when an external USB pointing device is connected", which would help if you use a USB mouse and want to disable the touchpad when a USB mouse is connected. You should also be able to disable the touchpad entirely from here


Also can try touchfreeze, disables touch pad while you are typing:

Touchfreze

It does work w/ Windows 7.

A Guy
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04 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

I appreciate the help from everyone, really. Unfortunately, I've tried everything everyone has said (except the fn-f4 guy. I was confused about that one), and nothing worked. I saws no option to change my touchpad settings. And for some weird reason, i couldn't download synaptics.

However, the last poster, A Guy, gave me Touchfreeze. And it's EXACTLY what I needed. This is awesome! So if i forget to bring my mouse to class i can still use my touchpad and it won't interfere with my typing! brilliant! thanks A Guy!

and thanks to everyone for trying to help.
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04 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Amthermandes View Post
I appreciate the help from everyone, really. Unfortunately, I've tried everything everyone has said (except the fn-f4 guy. I was confused about that one), and nothing worked. I saws no option to change my touchpad settings. And for some weird reason, i couldn't download synaptics.


Nice.
Do you see on your laptop keyboard a small key labeled FN? It is generally in blue, and it is the key that is used (like SHIFT) to access secondary commands on the keyboard.
After checking mine, the FN+F3 is the key combo to turn off my touchpad. Some laptops also have a little button over the touchpad to turn it off.

Make more sense?

~Lordbob
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04 Jun 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Amthermandes View Post
However, the last poster, A Guy, gave me Touchfreeze. And it's EXACTLY what I needed. This is awesome! So if i forget to bring my mouse to class i can still use my touchpad and it won't interfere with my typing! brilliant! thanks A Guy!

and thanks to everyone for trying to help.
Cool, glad I could help.

A Guy
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