Tutorial: Disable Touchpad for Lenovo, Dell, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Asus on Microsoft Windows

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How To Disable Your Acer, Dell, Hp Or Toshiba Laptop's Touchpad For Windows And Ubuntu

How to disable your notebook or laptop’s touchpad for Microsoft Windows XP, Vista and 7? That annoying touchpad is usually supplied by Synaptics Pointing Device, it may vary from one manufacturer to another. Sony uses Alps Pointing device, which is a different hardware. Since there is no universal controller from Microsoft, here as some tutorials.

Method 1 – Disable Synaptics Pointing Device

Disable Synaptics Pointing Device

How To Disable Your Acer, Dell, Hp Or Toshiba Laptop's Touchpad For Windows And Ubuntu

If your laptop uses the Synaptics Pointing Device, go to the notification area, double click or right click (to disable) on the icon and browse the touchpad options and disable it from there.

Method 2 – Disable via Device Manager

disable synaptics pointing device touchpad windows microsoft

As shown in the ‘Device Manager’ list, click on the ‘Mouse and other pointing devices’ list and disable the Touchpad driver. If the disable option is not available, maybe you can uninstall it, but it is best not to because you will be prompted to install new hardware every time you boot up Windows.

Method 3 – Manufacturer Software / Hardware

It is good idea to disable the Touchpad via the software installed by the manufacturer, since Lenovo, Dell, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Asus, Samsung, Fujitsu, Sony and more uses their own in-house software, why not visit their support site for answers? Since I am using a Sony VAIO, you might want to check out this tutorial – Disable Touchpad on Sony Vaio Laptop for Windows 7

As shown in the video above, some manufacturer such as HP includes a touch on/off button. Some manufacturer such as Asus uses a combo of Fn + F1 to F12, it really depends on the brand and make of the laptop.

Method 4 – Third Party Software

3 of my favorite free software, it works on Microsoft Windows 32 or 64 bits. Software is tested and compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7

This freeware allows permanent or temporary disable of touchpad

  • Touchpad Blocker – This freeware allows permanent or temporary disable of touchpad
  • Touchfreeze – A free utility for Microsoft Windows to temporary disable touchpad automatically while you are typing text, this software doesn’t permanently disable it.
  • Touchpad Pal – Yet another free software, this tiny app will automatically disable touchpad when you are typing text, just like TouchFreeze

You might find these 3rd party software useful if you are running bootcamp on your macbook running Microsoft Windows 7.

Disable Touchpad for Ubuntu Linux

For those using Linux Ubuntu operating system, you can get TouchFreeze for Ubuntu at Softpedia.

Disable Trackpad for Macbook

It is somewhat easier on the Mac, You have to change it in the Universal Access.

  • Step 1- System Preference > Universal Access > Mouse & Trackpad
  • Step 2- Click Trackpad Options
  • Step 3- Check “Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present”.
  • Step 4- Click Done

11 comments on “Tutorial: Disable Touchpad for Lenovo, Dell, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Asus on Microsoft Windows

  1. Woidjfnj March 11, 2011 at 3:47 am - Reply

    I just wanna tell you the touchpad still works… wtf!!!!!

    • disable April 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      Disable the Asus Touchpad

    • Alexander McNabb April 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Disable touchpad while typing doesn’t work!

  2. ayyub January 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Sonyericssonlive

    • Whitson Gordon April 12, 2013 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      How turn off the Synaptic driver or uninstall it?

  3. peipei April 12, 2013 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    How to Disable Your Laptop Touchpad?

    • Russell Holly April 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      Can I Turn Off TouchPad for windows 8?

  4. quora April 12, 2013 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    disable touchpad dell, hp, acer, asus, sony and others must be in a physical button, not software.

  5. microsoft April 12, 2013 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    how to Permanently disable touchpad on EliteBook and macbook?

  6. Dennis O'Reilly April 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    thanks for this amazing Temporarily disable laptop’s touch pad tutorial

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