How to Disable / Enable Touchpad on Windows 10 Laptop

Here’s a simple tip on how to disable / enable touchpad on your laptop with Windows 10 operating system. This is handy if you already have a mouse attached to your notebook or use a touchscreen and want to disable the touchpad to prevent accidental pointer moves while typing on the keyboard.

Click the Windows Search (magnifier) icon in the lower-left corner of the screen and type touchpad. A “Touchpad settings” item will show up in the search results list. Click on it. You will be presented with a toggle button to turn the touchpad on or off.

Go to touchpad settings to disable - enable touchpad in Windows 10

Touchpad on - off in Windows 10

In addition, you can tell Windows to automatically disable touchpad if a mouse is connected to the notebook. Just uncheck the “Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected” box located below the touchpad on / off toggle button.

Note: For enabling / disabling touchpad you can alternatively use the old way, through Windows Control Panel. This can be applied to older Windows versions as well. Click on the Windows Search icon in the lower-left corner and type Control Panel. Click on the Control Panel icon and then go to Hardware and Sound section, then click on Mouse link. The last tab on the Mouse window is for touchpad settings. In case of my HP laptop the title of the tab is ClickPad. Under that tab there are enable and disable buttons. On many notebook models, you can reach the same touchpad settings tab via a touchpad icon in the lower-right corner of the screen (if available).

Danijel Z

On Laptoping, Danijel writes about Windows-based laptop, 2-in-1, and tablet PCs.

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5 thoughts on “How to Disable / Enable Touchpad on Windows 10 Laptop”

  1. There seems to be no way to disable the touchpad on my laptop, an Acer Aspire ES 15 with Windows 10. There is no option to turn it on/off in touchpad settings, and the disable button is greyed out in device manager.

    1. I found the simply solution to turn off my touchpad. Simply hold down and Fn (function) key and press the F7 key. Repeating the key combination will turn it back on. Check your keyboard to see if that same key combo would apply in your situation.

  2. To disable and enable touchpad on windows 10 is properly explained in this blog and many people are facing to do this in their system so this blog is best for them to resolve their issue.

  3. I use Windows 10 Home Edition.
    The said on/off options are unavailable,
    it only shows the touchpad sensitivity options.
    The control panel method too is inapplicable.
    Your guide Sir.
    Thanks

    1. You can try to disable / enable touchpad via Device Manager. Right-click on Windows Start button and click on Device Manager in the shown menu. In Device Manager there should be “Mice and other pointing device” section and your touchpad in it. Right click on the touchpad item in it and click enable / disable.

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