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How To Disable TouchPad on Windows 11 (All Methods)

The trackpad, also known as the touchpad in Windows, is a touch-sensitive device allowing the user to move the cursor around on their laptop with a simple swipe of a finger or two and gesture controls.

It seems that you often use an external mouse and built-in keyboard, as a result, while typing, your laptop’s touchpad is obstructing your workflow.

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to disable the touchpad on your laptop and external touchpads operating on Windows OS:

Step 1: Open the “Windows Settings” from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step 2: Click the “Bluetooth & devices” option from the left sidebar and select the “Touchpad” option.

click the "touchpad" option in "Bluetooth and devices" section in windows settings

Step 3: Toggle off the “Touchpad” button.

Step 1: Open the Control Panel from the Start menu.

control panel icon in windows 11
Control Panel Icon

Step 2: Click the “Hardware and Sound” option.

select the hardware and sound option
‘Hardware and Sound’ option

Step 3: Select the “Mouse” option under the Devices and Printers option.

select the mouse option
‘Mouse’ option

Step 4: The Touchpad Properties panel appears. Uncheck the “Enable Touchpad” option and press the “Apply” button.

uncheck the "Enable Touchpad" checkbox to disable touchpad in windows
Uncheck the “Enable Touchpad” checkbox

Step 1: Open the Device Manager from the Start menu.

device manager icon in windows 11
Device Manager Icon

Step 2: Expand the “Mice and other pointing devices” option and right-click the touchpad’s driver installed on your computer’s hardware and click the “Disable device” option.

right click the touchpad driver and click the disable device option
“Disable Device” option

Step 1: Type and open the Registry Editor from the Start menu.

registry editor icon in windows 11
Registry Editor Icon

Step 2: Navigate to the following path:

navigate to precision touchpad status key in registry editor
Precision Touchpad Status Key

Step 3: Double-click the “Enabled” key and set its hexadecimal value data from 1 to 0 and press the “OK” button.

set the value data of precision touchpad from 1 to 0
Value Data = 0

Step 4: Restart your computer to make changes take effect. The next time you log in, the mouse trackpad will be disabled.

restart device to make changes take effect in windows
Restart the Device

Note: It’s important to back up the registry before any customization so you can restore it if something goes wrong.

Step 1: Look for the touchpad button in the function keys section on the keyboard.

Step 2: Press the corresponding key combination (such as Fn+F6, Fn+F8) to disable the touchpad.

For example: In the Lenovo laptop, Fn + F8 key combination disables the trackpad.

Step 1: Download and Install the Touchpad blocker from the official website.

touchpad blocker app icon
Touchpad Blocker App Icon

Step 2: Run the application and check the “Enable/Disable Touchpad” option and press the “Ctrl + Alt + F9” key to toggle on and off the touchpad.

toggle on and off the touchpad blocker in windows
Toggle on and off the Touchpad Blocker

Note: The touchpad blocker app keeps running as a background service and normally consumes about 0.4 to 1.5 MB of memory. However, the memory usage for this app varies depending on the computer.

If the Touchpad Blocker Program is not supported by your device’s touchpad manufacturer, you can use other applications such as Touch Freeze.

Next Steps

We’ve covered how to block touchpad in Windows 11.

On a computer, the trackpad is an extremely handy tool. It makes it simple to move the mouse cursor around the screen. There are instances, though, when you may wish to turn off the trackpad entirely. When your workflow is obstructed by accidental clicks while typing, or when you’re using an external mouse, then, turning off the touchpad on your laptop is typically a good choice. You can utilize any of the ways listed above according to your preferences.

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