Synaptics Touchpad - Auto disable with USB mouse

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  1. Posts : 54
    Win 7 Professional and Windows 8 Professional
       #1

    Synaptics Touchpad - Auto disable with USB mouse


    No option to disable your Synaptics Touchpad when you plugin a USB mouse? The function is there but is disabled in the registry. Click the link and scroll down to message #9. Make the change, reboot and the auto disable works immediately if you have a USB mouse plugged in. Making the change in HKLM didn't work for me but HKCU did the trick. Navigate to the Synaptics settings page and the option to disable is now there. No credit due here, just passing it on to help others.

    NP8662 - Auto-deactivate touchpad (scroll down to message #9)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Synaptics Touchpad - Auto disable with USB mouse-touchpad.jpg  
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  2. Posts : 10,455
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
       #2

    Thanks I never knew that.
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  3. Posts : 6,285
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       #3

    Why would it not be active to start with? Weird for sure.
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  4. Posts : 54
    Win 7 Professional and Windows 8 Professional
    Thread Starter
       #4

    I think it has something to do with how the OEM set it up. My Gateway mini did not have the option to disable until I did the registry tweak while a Dell I own has always had the option.
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  5. Posts : 10,455
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
       #5

    It also disables when a Bluetooth mouse is on. Haven't tried it with a wireless mouse.
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  6. Posts : 66
    windows 7
       #6

    my dell laptop does not have this kind of function




    how can i get that !!!!!
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  7. Posts : 299
    openSUSE 13.1 64bit
       #7

    Not sure which DELL lappy you have..I've got the Vostro and this worked for me..

    Drivers and Downloads


    May be you can find the updated driver for yours on the site if this doesn't work for you?
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  8. Posts : 54
    Win 7 Professional and Windows 8 Professional
    Thread Starter
       #8

    drifking8887 said:
    my dell laptop does not have this kind of function

    how can i get that !!!!!
    Follow the instructions in post #1 and you will have the option to disable after modifying the registry and doing a reboot. My control page looked like yours before the registry tweak - no option to disable.

    Just updating the driver is probably not going to work. I came across reports of people having the same exact driver and one would have the auto disable feature and the other would not.
    Last edited by mick823; 12 Mar 2011 at 08:14. Reason: added info
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  9. Posts : 135
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
       #9

    hey, i already got exactly like the image you inserted, but it didn't work. even after more than 5/6 times checking and unchecking with a reboot, both pointing device and touchpad still work. is there any other way to fix it? please...

    regards and God Bless,

    Zeamann

    mick823 said:
    No option to disable your Synaptics Touchpad when you plugin a USB mouse? The function is there but is disabled in the registry. Click the link and scroll down to message #9. Make the change, reboot and the auto disable works immediately if you have a USB mouse plugged in. Making the change in HKLM didn't work for me but HKCU did the trick. Navigate to the Synaptics settings page and the option to disable is now there. No credit due here, just passing it on to help others.

    NP8662 - Auto-deactivate touchpad (scroll down to message #9)
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  10. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
       #10

    New registry location


    With the newer Alps driver version 7.1208 (from 2011-09-21) the USBMouse Registry value exists in 4 locations:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Alps\Apoint\Params\Default\
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Alps\Apoint\USBMouse\
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Alps\Apoint\Params\Default\
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Alps\Apoint\USBMouse\
    but only the last location works for me!
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