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A touchpad can be extremely useful for most people, but there are times when it is little more than an irritation, so how do you permanently disable a touchpad if you do not want or need it? Today’s SuperUser Q&A post has the answers to help a frustrated reader.

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The Question

SuperUser reader toriloukas wants to know how to permanently disable the touchpad on a laptop:

I own a Dell Inspiron N5050 laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium installed on it and have been trying to permanently disable the touchpad. I installed the appropriate driver in order to manage my touchpad preferences and successfully disabled it, but once the machine was rebooted, the touchpad was active once again. I really do not care if I need to keep disabling it each time I restart my laptop, but does anyone know of a way to permanently disable it?

What is the best (or easiest) way to permanently disable the touchpad on a laptop?

The Answer

SuperUser contributors Steven and Scott have the answer for us. First up, Steven:

Approach 1 – BIOS

The touchpad can often be disabled in BIOS. On my Dell Latitude E6430s, the option is POST Behavior > Mouse/Touchpad. There is even an option to disable the touchpad only if an external mouse is attached.

Approach 2 – Device Manager

Open the Control Panel, then go to System > Device Manager. Navigate to the Mouse Option, right click on it, and click Disable.

Approach 3 – Physically Disconnect

According to a disassembly video (link shown below), it appears that you can unplug the touchpad by removing the keyboard (at 3:45) and removing the small ribbon cable near the touchpad.

Disassembling the Dell Inspiron N5050 [YouTube]

Followed by the answer from Scott:

The keyboard shortcut Win + X will open the Windows Mobility Center. On my Dell Inspiron (with Windows 7 installed on it), it looks like this:

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I disabled my touchpad there and it has remained disabled through many reboots.


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