How to Disable / Enable Touchpad on Windows 10 Laptop (2019)

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.

To do that, go to Settings > Devices > Touchpad. The easiest way to get there is to click the Windows Search 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.

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

You will be presented with a toggle button to turn the touchpad on or off.

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.

Alternative: 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).

Also, many notebook models have a keyboard “hotkey” for touchpad enabling / disabling. These touchpad hotkey is usually located in the top row of the keyboard and shares the key with a function button (such as f1, f2, f3, etc).

Dan Z
Dan Z

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

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9 thoughts on “How to Disable / Enable Touchpad on Windows 10 Laptop (2019)”

  1. OUTDATED GUIDE

    This is another outdated guide. Win10 doesn’t even look like this now…. I have none of those settings at all.

    1. Hi, what Windows 10 version are you using? I have just checked the how to guide above on the current Windows 10 version – 1809. Everything is the same as described in the guide. So, I can say the guide is valid, at least for the current Windows 10 1809.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. Its not, I have a laptop and use windows 10 and have done all the above and I still have low sensitivity on the touchpad. There seems to be no option to disable it completely and I have checked what seems to be every available and logical pathway. Technology seems to be getting more frustrating instead of more simplistic all the time! Off grid is the way to go!

  4. 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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