How to enable and disable the touchpad on a laptop


The touch area of ​​a laptop often just gets in the way. It is easy to press with part of the brush when typing, moving the cursor or provoking unnecessary clicks. The method of getting rid of trouble is simple: just know how to disable the touchpad on a laptop. This can be done both by means of the operating system and at the device level. There are also simpler methods provided by the device manufacturer.

Shutdown in the system

The easiest way is to disable the touchpad on a laptop running Windows 10. Enough here:

  • click on Start;
  • enter the parameters;
  • go to the device section;
  • select the touch panel section in the left column.

Touchpad on Windows 10

Here you can not only configure the touchpad, but also completely disable it. The same method must be followed if you want to enable the touchpad on a laptop.

In operating systems Windows XP, Windows 7 Disabling the touchpad is done as follows:

  • Start is pressed;
  • you need to go to the control panel and switch to view mode (in the upper right corner) Large icons;

Large icons

  • find and open the Mouse icon.

Properties Mouse

This software shell controls not only the external connected wired or wireless manipulator. Here you can also turn off the touchpad on the laptop. Just go to the device settings tab, select the name of the panel and click the Disable device button.

On a note! Usually, setting the touchpad to turn off when an external mouse is connected is also available here. This is a very handy option. As soon as you connect a mouse, unwanted touchpad responses and cursor control interception are completely blocked.

Disable at the device level

Disabling the touchpad on a laptop can be done using device manager. To enter it, you need to press Win + R in any operating system, enter the command devmgmt.msc and press OK or Enter. The Device Manager window contains the Mice and other pointing devices section. It should be expanded by clicking on the arrow next to the name.



Mouse name

In the list of devices included in the section, select the name of the touchpad. After that, just right-click on it, select the Disconnect menu item and confirm your actions. In this way, you can disable the sensor on a laptop for which the system No special drivers have been installed.

Disabling in BIOS

In some modern models, there is a way to enable the touchpad on a laptop or disable it at the motherboard resource level. To do this, you need to enter the BIOS. How to do this, it is better to look in the instructions for a particular model. In the BIOS items you need find Pointing Device. By setting the option to Disable, you can completely disable the touchpad.

pointing device

Important! The main thing is to exit the BIOS while saving the parameters.

Regular shutdown methods

All models of modern manufacturers have standard methods for how to turn on the sensor on a laptop or make the panel turn off. For this, there are key combinations.


Depending on the Asus laptop series, disabling and enabling the touchpad is done Fn+F9, F7 keys. On the desired function button, in addition to the main symbol, there is an icon in the form of a crossed-out touchpad.

Asus Fn+F9


The icon by which you can find the desired function button on the Lenovo keyboard also looks like a crossed-out touchpad. Depending on the manufacturer’s model, you will need to disable or enable the touchpad by press Fn+F5 or Fn+F8.


HP always strives to stay ahead of the competition. On most laptops from this manufacturer, there are no keyboard keys or separate buttons to turn off or turn on the touch unit. You can do this by double-clicking on its upper left corner. In some models, the place to press is indicated by a recess.

Recessed HP touchpad


You can enable or disable the touchpad on most Dell models by pressing Fn+F5 or just F5. But there are series of laptops that do not have key combinations for quickly switching between touch block modes. In them, you can disable the panel only at the operating system level, as described above.


Most Acer laptops use the touchpad to enable and disable Fn+F7 key combination. This is true for the most common Acer Aspire series on the market.

Sony Vaio

Sony Corporation offers a unique approach to adjusting the sensor unit. If your system has the Sony Vaio Notebook Software Suite installed, you can call Vaio Control Center by pressing the corresponding button above the keyboard. It offers touchpad settings separate from the operating system, including enabling or disabling it.

Vaio Control Center

On a note! On non-Vaio models, use Fn+F1 to switch between touch panel modes. However, it will only work if the official drivers are installed, primarily the Notebook Utilities package.


In addition to the listed methods of disabling and enabling the sensor on a laptop, users can install one of the many programs to manage. Today, there are many free utilities on the Internet. They can not only block and activate the touch panel, but also change the parameters of its operation. And all this is done in a visual, understandable interface, which is very attractive for novice users.

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