Really getting touchpad to disable ?

May 6, 2017 at 08:54:35
Specs: Windows 7
None of the above worked for me can't get touch pad off by any program solutions. tried them all. Get a roll of aluminum duct tape (comes in black also) TAPE OVER THE ENTIRE TOUCHPAD NEATLY. TOTALLY DISABLED. WORKS ON ANY LAPTOP. Peel off to turn on again. Sometimes the simplest solution is the best and easiest. I have used a small laptop size optical mouse (about $4.) to replace the often mis-directed touchpad on all my laptops from day 1.

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#1
May 6, 2017 at 09:02:34
"None of the above"
None of what where? A link would be useful.

Doesn't it make the touchpad sticky?

Sometimes turning it on and off is a feature of laptop keyboards or it can be found in "Control Panel > Mouse".

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#2
May 6, 2017 at 18:16:37
I presume that I can completely disable the Synaptics touchpad on
my new HP notebook computer, but I looked everywhere three times
and couldn't find a way to have it turn off automatically when a mouse
is plugged in. Windows 10, whatever version was current last August.
Various websites say how to do it, but the control for that function
just doesn't exist on that computer.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#3
May 6, 2017 at 18:56:19
Jeff

I think that auto feature (which is ideal) is often a function of the driver for particular touch pads.

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#4
May 7, 2017 at 03:12:20
No need to disable the touchpad on my Toshiba.

I just plug in a USB mouse and ignore the touchpad, USB mouse works perfectly like that, I can even use the touchpad instead without even unplugging the mouse if I wanted to.

Same applies to my wife's 12 -year old Packard Bell laptop.

I don't know what all the fuss is about.


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#5
May 7, 2017 at 07:35:50
"I don't know what all the fuss is about"

I think it's all about accidentally touching the touchpad when using the keyboard, even though you don't want it or need it if you are using a mouse. In this respect I regard a mouse that disables the touchpad when you plug it in is a good feature because you never need both at the same time.

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#6
August 10, 2017 at 23:26:26
It took a while, but I just found how to do what I asked in
reply #2 -- automatically turn off the Synaptics touchpad in
Windows 10 on my HP laptop when a mouse is plugged in.
It is in an unexpected location:

Settings > Personalization > Themes > Mouse pointer settings >
Device Settings tab > Disable internal pointing device when
external USB pointing device is attached

Personalization? Themes??? Why would I think to look there?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis



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#7
August 11, 2017 at 05:53:25
Agreed, Themes is a mighty strange place to find it.

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