How to Disable Touchpad on Windows 11: A Step-by-Step Guide

Using an external mouse can make a big difference if you’re into gaming or graphic design. However, trackpads can be tricky, leading to accidental touches, especially while gaming. While some users prefer the touchpad for its portability and multitouch gestures, you might want to disable it when using an external mouse for gaming, streaming, and other tasks. In this article, we will show you how to disable the touchpad on Windows 11 manually and automatically when an external mouse is connected.

Disable Using Keyboard Shortcut

The quickest way to disable a trackpad is by using keyboard shortcuts. Almost all Windows laptops have this feature. Look for the function key with a canceled touchpad sign on it. On most laptops, it’s the F9 key. Press the Fn key and the specific function key together, and a confirmation will appear on the screen indicating that the touchpad is disabled.

Keyboard Shortcut

Disable From Settings

If the keyboard shortcut is not working on your Windows laptop or is not available, you can disable the touchpad from the settings. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Windows key + I to open the Settings menu.
    Settings Icon

  2. Select “Bluetooth & devices” from the left pane.
    Bluetooth & devices in Settings

  3. Click on “Touchpad” from the list of devices.
    Touchpad Settings

  4. Toggle the switch to disable the touchpad.

Disable Touchpad Automatically When Mouse Is Connected

Tired of manually disabling the touchpad every time you connect a mouse? Windows has a hidden solution for this issue. There is a setting for disabling the touchpad automatically when a mouse is connected.

  1. Go to “Settings” > “Bluetooth & devices” > “Touchpad”.

  2. Click on the down arrow next to the Touchpad toggle.
    Disable Touchpad Automatically

  3. Unselect the option “Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected”.

Taming the Touchpad

A touchpad is a convenient solution when you’re traveling and don’t have a mouse with you. Additionally, using a mouse requires a flat surface, making it inconvenient when lying on the sofa. In these situations, using a touchpad becomes essential. That’s why we recommend disabling it temporarily from the settings instead of permanently from the Device Manager.

By following the steps mentioned in this guide, you can easily disable the touchpad on your Windows 11 laptop. Whether you’re into gaming, graphic design, or simply prefer using an external mouse, these methods will help you avoid accidental touches and enhance your overall user experience.

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