How to enable or disable the laptop touchpad

Let’s face it: not everyone likes a trackpad. In some cases, there are those who look for a mouse immediately after buying a computer, either for taste or in search of greater ergonomics. But did you know that you can disable computer peripherals through the operating system settings? Then, discover how to disable laptop touchpad with Windows 10, Windows 11 and macOS.




Learn how to enable or disable the laptop’s touchpad

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Index

  • How to disable trackpad on Mac
  • What are trackpad gestures and how do they work on a Mac
  • How to enable or disable the touchpad in Windows

    Microsoft provides options to disable the touchpad in Windows. However, it should be noted that the process for disabling peripherals is different in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Learn how in the following step-by-step guide:

    Windows 10

    Time needed: 2 minutes.

    1. Go to Windows settings

      Go to the Start menu and click on the gear icon to enter Windows settings;



      Go to Windows settings

      Go to Windows settings

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    2. Click on the “Devices” option.


      Photo: Tecnoblog

    3. Access the “Touchpad” menu.

      On the side, click on the “Touchpad” option;

    4. Disable the touchpad

      In the window that opens, disable the “Touchpad” switch to completely turn off the laptop mouse. To reactivate the feature, simply turn the key back on.



      Disable the touchpad

      Disable the touchpad

      Photo: Reproduction / Tecnoblog / Tecnoblog

    If you don’t want to disable the touchpad completely, you can let it sleep only when a USB mouse is connected to the laptop.

    To do this, you need to click or uncheck the “Leave touchpad on when mouse is connected” checkbox.

    Windows 11

    1. Access Windows settings from the Start menu;


    Go to Windows settings

    Go to Windows settings

    Photo: Reproduction / Tecnoblog / Tecnoblog

  • Click “Bluetooth and Devices” in the sidebar;
  • Select the “Touchpad” option;


  • select an option

    Select the “Touchpad” option.

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  • Enable or disable the “Touchpad” option to enable or disable the peripheral.


  • Enable or disable the option

    Enable or disable the “Touchpad” option to enable or disable the peripheral

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    Still in trouble?

    The procedure is quite simple, but it is not immune to failures. On the part of the Microsoft community, some users of the operating system reported that they could not find an option to disable the trackpad through the Windows settings. And if this is your case, don’t worry, because there are solutions.

    The first is through Device Manager. For this, after connecting the new mouse to the computerjust do the following:

    1. Press the Windows + X keys at the same time;
    2. Go to “Device Manager”;
    3. Look for Touchpad and click on this option twice;
    4. Press the “Disable” button to disable the trackpad.

    Some computers also have special buttons for turning off built-in peripherals. These shortcuts are usually identified by the mouse or touchpad symbol on the function key (F1, F2, F3, etc.). Therefore, it is important to check your computer’s manual before performing the procedure.

    How to disable trackpad on Mac

    The Mac also allows you to disable the trackpad, but for a bit of a workaround. Find out how below:

    1. Click on the Apple menu;
    2. Select “System Settings”;


    select an option

    Select “System Settings”

    Photo: Reproduction / Tecnoblog / Tecnoblog

  • Click on the “Accessibility” button;


  • press the button

    Click on the “Accessibility” button.

    Photo: Reproduction / Tecnoblog / Tecnoblog

  • Access the “Cursor Control” page;
  • Check the option “Ignore built-in trackpad if a wireless mouse or trackpad is connected”.


  • Check the option

    Check the option “Ignore built-in trackpad if a wireless mouse or trackpad is connected”

    Photo: Reproduction / Tecnoblog / Tecnoblog

    What are trackpad gestures and how do they work on a Mac

    The Mac trackpad offers several gestures to make the system easier to use. As with the iPhone and iPad, you can use the pinch command to increase and decrease the size of photos and the like. You can also search by touching the text with three fingers at the same time, for example.

    How to enable or disable the laptop touchpad

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