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Laptop Touchpad; Can I disable it?

by sidel1932 / March 18, 2012 2:04 PM PDT

I purchased a new laptop (ASUS-X54C-BBK3) to replace my old XP Desktop. I have attached a mouse as my pointing device, and generally have no use for the built-in touch pad. In fact, the touch pad is a nuisance when I am typing on the keyboard; I frequently inadvertantly brush against it while typing and the text I am typing gets very messed up.

I have temporarily made a crude workaround by taping an old 3.5" square diskette on top of the touch pad. However, I would much prefer to simply disable the touchpad somehow. Because I have the crude workaround, I would be hesitant to permanently disable the touchpad, but I would be delighted to be able to disable and re-enable it. Down the road I might opt to permanently disable it if that were available, but temporary disable were not possible.

I'm hoping for an answer on what can be done and how.

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This varies with the make and model.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2012 8:54 AM PDT

Here on my laptop, the maker supplied an app to set the pad settings. One of then is to disable the pad when we plug in a mouse. Very nice but not standardized.

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Thanks - that led me to a solution for my laptop(s)
by sidel1932 / March 26, 2012 10:43 AM PDT

Thank you. Your response that there was a solution on at least SOME laptops led me to check further on what might be available on mine. I checked with the vendor, and he pointed me to a function key on my keyboard that toggles the touchpad ("trackpad") on and off. Problem solved on my laptop. When I got home, I checked for something similar on my wife's Acer Aspire5920 laptop. I found that it also has a function key that toggles the touchpad off and on.

I am delighted, and it was your response that made me think to ask the vendor. Thank you.

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In Control Panel . . .
by Coryphaeus / March 20, 2012 8:50 AM PDT

Open Mouse Properties. Yes, mouse properties.

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Thanks. I'll have to look into this.
by sidel1932 / March 26, 2012 10:27 AM PDT
In reply to: In Control Panel . . .

Thanks. I didn't see this until just now. Meanwhile, I found a solution which is quite easy for me.

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