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Touchpad Blocker Locks Down Your Touchpad While Typing

Brushing your laptop’s touchpad and jumping the cursor around, highlighting text, and even accidentally deleting text, are some of the hassles that comes with sensitive laptop touchpads. Touchpad Blocker toggles the touchpad on and off as you type to help dodge those touchpad mishaps.

Once installed you can customize Touchpad Blocker by adjusting the toggle threshold in milliseconds, setting a keyboard shortcut to activate and deactivate the application, and set it to beep and notify you when active. The beep/notification setting is most useful when you’ve first installed it and want to see how it’s working and when, after that it becomes annoying really quickly.

Hit up the link below to grab a copy or, for more tips on managing your laptop’s trackpad, check out our previous treatment of the topic here.

Touchpad Blocker [Karpolan Software]

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  • Published 02/8/11

Comments (3)

  1. rmardo

    thanks HTG! great article.

    btw, don’t go redesigning your site. we like it as it is.

  2. Robert

    I just received the link for the Touchpad blocker link, and after performing the setup for my Toshiba A665D Laptop. I am very pleased with this new addition; enhancing my ability to type key-strokes in various programs and webpages, without the cursor darting across the screen, due to inadvertent contact with the touchpad. This application is well created and highly recommended. Thank you HTG!

  3. pete

    I have an HP netbook with alps for controlling the touchpad. There was a recent bios update that now allows you to disable the touchpad when you are using an alternative mouse. This was one of the biggest gripes for the netbook with it’s very sensitive touch pad. This update was for a HP mini 311-1037 but anyone that has a laptop with alps should check into getting the new bios to take care of this issue. I did have touch freeze installed prior to the alps fix and it worked ok, but not as good as being able to disable the pad.

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