Are you frustrated with your laptop’s touchpad? Is it getting in the way of what you are trying to do? If so, then this post is for you. Here we will show how to disable the touchpad on an HP laptop computer. We will also discuss other options that may be available for those who would like to still use their mouse but not have it interfere with typing or clicking on things on the screen.
The touchpad is a pretty neat feature in laptops and can be an incredible convenience for those who like to use it. However, if the touchpad isn’t working correctly or you would just prefer not to use it, then here’s how to disable the HP laptop’s built-in trackpad. After following these steps your mouse will no longer work.
Disabling using the Mouse Properties window:
Disabling using the Mouse Properties window is a common way to disable your touchpad. Right-click on the mouse icon in the system tray and select “Mouse Properties” from the menu that appears. The Mouse or TouchPad window will open, and you can click on the tab labeled “Device Settings”. Under this tab is where you’ll find all of your device settings, including those for disabling it—simply uncheck any checkboxes under Device Usage.
To turn it off, use the On/Off Touchpad Switch/Button:
Another option for turning off your touchpad is by using a physical switch or button on the laptop itself. This will vary from model to model, so consult your owner’s manual if you’re not sure where it would be.
In some cases, there may even be more than one place that you can disable the touchpad—again, this depends on what kind of laptop you have and its specifications. If all else fails, contact HP support for assistance in disabling yours.
Disable By Uninstalling Drivers:
Even if you have an HP laptop, there could be a reason why you want to disable the touchpad. Maybe it’s because your mouse is faulty and doesn’t work or maybe because you find that scrolling with fingers on the trackpad gets in the way when typing out long blog posts like this one. It can also be annoying for people who prefer using external mice over built-in pointing devices such as a touchpad and would rather not use them at all while they’re working on their laptops. Whatever may be your reasons, disabling your laptop’s touchpad should always be easy enough – provided it has been properly enabled by default after buying the product from its manufacturer (HP). If not then follow these steps:
There are many reasons why you might need to disable your laptop’s touchpad.
The external mouse is faulty and doesn’t work well with the laptop’s trackpad.
It is annoying for people who prefer using external mice over built-in pointing devices such as a touchpad while they’re working on their laptops.
There are many reasons why you might need to disable your laptop’s touchpad, but these steps should make it easy enough:
Plug in an external mouse or any other pointing device if necessary (this step is optional). Then press “windows key + X” from the keyboard and open Device Manager from the menu list that appears after doing so by clicking on the same button again from the new window that opens up afterward. Try accessing “Mouse and other pointing devices” by expanding the list of options available under it. If you are able to see your touchpad listed here then right-click on its entry in order to disable it by selecting Disable option from the context menu that appears after doing so.
Open Control Panel > Mouse or type “mouse” without quotes in the search box present at the bottom left corner of Start Menu if you’re using Windows XP/Vista/Windows Se. Then navigate to the tab named Hardware, open Device manager there, and check whether the touchpad is recognized as an unknown device with a yellow exclamation mark next to its name OR not properly installed (will have a question mark instead). In case this is the case then try reinstalling drivers for both touchpads.
How to Enable My Touchpad on My HP Laptop?
Open Device Manager (see above) and try enabling the touchpad by right-clicking on its entry in the list of options present under the “Mouse” section. Then select Enable option from the context menu that appears after doing so. If you are unable to enable your HP laptop touchpad this way then uninstall its drivers first, restart the PC, and follow the steps mentioned below:
Press Windows Key + X key combination from the keyboard to open a new window with advanced system settings link at the bottom. Click on Advanced tab there > Hardware tab further down > Device Installation Settings button placed just next to these two tabs now being visible as well from here. This step should open up another screen where you’ll have an important decision to make. Either let Windows install drivers for my device automatically or select No, let me choose what to do from here depending on your preferences. If you are satisfied with the way things work now then select Yes and hit the Save Changes button placed at the bottom right corner of this screen. This should enable the touchpad immediately.