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El_Cadejo's avatar

Is there a way to turn off the touch pad on a laptop?

Asked by El_Cadejo (34610points) November 9th, 2009

I fucking hate this thing. I use a mouse so this thing is useless, thing is i always rest my palms there so half way through a sentence i click somewhere else and type a whole sentence before i even realize the damn thing. Anyway to just disable it all together?

Its an HP Pavilion(not sure what type exactly) and im running windows 7

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reacting_acid's avatar

Well I do not know the layout completly but there should be a small button at the top of the touch pad. I had that type of computer once and I recall it being there. If it isn’t you should look at the manual that came with the computer. It should be somewhere in there. Good Luck!

markyy's avatar

Sure you can, just look around the control panel. My synaptic device had a shortcut to it’s own options in there, but I bet windows 7 offers options for that as well. I realize I’m not answering the question, that’s because I can’t check (I lend out my laptop for a while), but it’s really easy.

YARNLADY's avatar

Mine has a tiny icon in the lower right hand icon bar that looks like a square with two little squares under it, and says “Synaptics Pointing Device” when I roll my cursor over it. When I click on it, a window comes up in the middle of my screen with the choice to turn it off, among other things.

yannick's avatar

Quite a few laptops also have a ‘Function’ key somewhere near the Windows key. One of your F buttons along the top might have a touchpad-like symbol on it, and pressing that whilst holding the function button should enable/disable the trackpad. Not sure if your specific laptop has this, but I’ve noticed quite a few that do.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@uberbatman It’s not simple on all Laptops…My husband is an IT geek and he had trouble with turning mine off (made my &%&%&% cursor jump all over the place when I’d type). You may need to do a Google search for your model laptop on how to turn yours off. It may be as simple as @markyy explained, or it may take a search to assist you in disabling it.

El_Cadejo's avatar

I have a function key for it but the fucking thing doesnt work >_< I cant seem to find anything for it in the control panel for it. I may be missing it though.

Ill have to google later when i have some time.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@uberbatman This fix may be as simple as going into your control panel and turing off the “factory mouse/touchpad” here are some other instructions I found online at this HP discussion board. Depending on which one you have they explain issues with the function key——etc.

Good luck to you!

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