5 Methods on Disabling The Touchpad for Windows, Linux and MacOSX

Updated: April 7, 2019 / Home » Tutorials

How to disable your notebook or laptop’s touchpad for Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10? That annoying touch-pad are mostly supplied by Synaptics Pointing Device, which means the software that comes with it is more or less the same from one laptop 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 on how to disable the touchpad.

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↓ 01 – Third Party Software | Windows and Linux

This freeware allows permanent or temporary disable of touchpad

Four of my favorite free software, it works on Microsoft Windows 32 or 64 bits. Software is tested and compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. The best part is, they are free. You might find these 3rd party software useful if you are running bootcamp on your macbook running Microsoft Windows 7.

  • Touchpad Blocker [ Discontinued ] – 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
  • TouchFreeze – is a free and simple utility for Windows that automatically disables the touchpad while you are typing in text. Ubuntu Linux version can be downloaded here.
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↓ 02 – Disable Synaptics Pointing Device

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.

Disable Synaptics Pointing Device

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↓ 03 – Disable via Microsoft Windows Device Manager

disable synaptics pointing device touchpad windows microsoft

As shown in the ‘Device Manager’ list (Right click ‘My Computer’ then select ‘Properties’), click on the ‘Mouse and other pointing devices’ list and disable the Touchpad driver. If the disable option is not available, 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.

↓ 04 – Laptop Manufacturer Software / Hardware

It is good idea to disable the Touchpad via the software provided 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? As shown in the video, HP has their own software for disabling the touchpad. Some manufacturer such as HP includes a physical on/off button. Asus on the other hand uses a combo of Fn + F1 to F12, it really depends on the brand and make of the laptop.

↓ 05 – Disable Trackpad for Apple | MacOSX

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

17 comments on “5 Methods on Disabling The Touchpad for Windows, Linux and MacOSX

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    Woidjfnj [ Reply ]

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

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      disable [ Reply ]

      Disable the Asus Touchpad

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      Alexander McNabb [ Reply ]

      Disable touchpad while typing doesn’t work!

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      Paul S [ Reply ]

      Watch that temper now

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      Whitson Gordon [ Reply ]

      How turn off the Synaptic driver or uninstall it?

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    peipei [ Reply ]

    How to Disable Your Laptop Touchpad?

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      Russell Holly [ Reply ]

      Can I Turn Off TouchPad for windows 8?

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

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    microsoft [ Reply ]

    how to Permanently disable touchpad on EliteBook and macbook?

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    Dennis O'Reilly [ Reply ]

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

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    harianpagi [ Reply ]

    I hardly leave responses, however after browsing a few of the remarks on this page Tutorial:
    Disable Touchpad for Lenovo, Dell, HP, Acer, Toshiba, Asus on Microsoft Windows.
    I do have a couple of questions for you if it’s okay. Could it be only me or does it look like like a few of these remarks look like they are left by brain dead individuals? :-P And, if you are writing on other online sites, I’d like to keep up with you.

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    TouchFreeze doesn’t work on Windows 10.

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    TouchPad Blocker doesn’t work on Windows 10 either.

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    OK. None of these work with Windows 10. And none of them are actually free.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Yes they do, the Apple one mentioned in the article comes pre-build into macOS

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    Jurgis [ Reply ]

    I installed Touchfreeze on my notebook “Samsung R730” with Win7homeX64SP1 clear install w/o specific touchpad driver. Windows tells me that it’s a PS/2 compatible mouse using the microsoft mouse driver. The hardware key is ACPI\PNP0F13, must be an ALPS touchpad. I installed Touchfreeze “for all users (must have admin rights)” and it works fine right after installing.

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