When buying a new laptop, we really appreciate the sleek and smooth touchpad. However, there may be times when you want to get rid of it altogether. The touchpad may register accidental clicks as you type on the keyboard, you may want to use an external device such as a mouse, or there may be other reasons.
It is not possible to physically detach it from the laptop, but you can disable it. Let’s take a look at six different ways to disable the touchpad on your laptop.
Disabling Touchpad in Windows Settings
On Windows, the Settings app is the first place you should go to make any changes in settings. So let’s see how you can disable the touchpad in Windows settings before we move on to more complex disabling methods.
Right click on button Start Windows and go to Settings. Then, navigate to Devices and open Touchpad from the left sidebar. Turn off the switch Touchpad to disable the touchpad.
You can only see the touchpad sensitivity setting, which means you can’t disable it in the Settings app.
Disabling Touchpad in Control Panel
Alternatively, you can disable the touchpad in the Windows Control Panel. If you want to take this route, you have three options:
Disabling Touchpad Completely
Navigate to category Mouse in the Windows Control Panel. Go to the touchpad tab in Mouse Properties, which in this case is ELAN. Click on ELAN Touchpad and press Stop Device. Knock Yes in the warning popup Disable Device will disable your touchpad.
Notes: Using an external mouse is the only way to get your touchpad working again, so keep it close at hand if you don’t want to crash after disabling the touchpad.
Disabling the Touchpad When You Connect an External Device
In the same window, you can check the box Disable when external USB pointing device plug in, which will disable the touchpad pad as soon as you connect an external pointing device.
After you unplug the external device, the touchpad will work again.
Disabling Touchpad Clicks While Keeping Its Scroll
If you want to disable clicks on the touchpad but keep scrolling on the touchpad and the buttons work, there is another way out.
Go to Control Panel and this time go to category Touchpad. Open configuration Tapping in Settings one finger. Uncheck the box for Enable will disable clicks on the touchpad while keeping other functions working.
To set your touchpad to the settings you want, you can choose from three options. Suppose this method doesn’t work for you; proceed to another method to disable touchpad in Windows.
Disabling Touchpad in Device Manager
If the above methods didn’t work for you, Device Manager should be your next stop to disable the touchpad. Here’s how it works:
- Right Click on the Start button and go to Device Manager.
- Expand category for Mice and other pointing devices.
- Right click the driver for your touchpad and tap Disable device.
If you find an external pointing device and a touchpad with the same driver name, you may have to disable them one by one to see which one represents your touchpad.
This method is not applicable in some cases where Windows does not allow disabling the primary touchpad device through its drivers.
Disabling Touchpad via ETD Control Center
ETD Control Centre, known as Elan Trackpad Device Control Center, is a program that runs in the background on your device, controlling your trackpad activity. Stopping this program will disable your trackpad.
The following instructions will help you disable this program if you have it installed on your device:
- Right click on the taskbar and go to Task Manager.
- Find ETD Control Center from the program list.
- Tap End Task (or Disable) by left clicking on it.
Restart your computer once to apply the changes. Once disabled, it won’t run on boot, preventing your touchpad from working. However, if your computer has its own touchpad driver, disabling ETD Control Center won’t make any difference.
ETD Control Center is also not available on all laptops, so if you don’t have this program controlling your touchpad activity, this fix won’t apply.
Disabling Touchpad Via Windows Registry
Try changing the registry if nothing seems to disable the touchpad. However, only do this if you know what you are doing. Even if you are familiar with the modification, it is a good idea to back up the registry. As a result, if your skills let you down and you mess something up, you can recover them.
Here’s what you need to do to disable the touchpad via Registry:
- Press the button Windows + R to open the command box Run.
- Type “Regedit” and press OK.
- Allow user control access by tapping Yes.
- Navigate to the status folder PrecisionTouchPad use the following path. (You can also copy-paste it into the Registry.)
As a result, the touchpad won’t work unless you change the data value back to 1. If you still can’t disable the touchpad by following these steps, consider using a third-party app.
Use Third Party Software
In addition to disabling the touchpad, you can also configure programs to run at startup automatically, emit a beep when clicks are blocked, and block wheel movement and activity when needed.
Moreover, it allows you to stop accidental taps and clicks and set a time interval to block clicks. There are many things you can do with Touchpad Blocker to control touchpad activity.
Turn Off Your Touchpad and Get Back to Work
Some fixes might work for you, while others might not. Either way, the last option will work in every case if none of the other options work. Regardless of which version of Windows you are using, Touchpad Blocker is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7/8 and 10.
If you encounter problems with the touchpad after re-enabling it, you will need to update the drivers, unplug the external pointing device, or reset other mouse settings.