How to Turn off Touchpad in Windows 10, 8.1, 8

By: Marian Cularea
3 minute read
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Are you using a mouse for your Windows 10, 8.1, 8 operating system laptop? Well, you will see that if you are using a mouse and you also have your touchpad active it can get pretty difficult when you are trying to work on the laptop and suddenly the mouse cursor jumps all over the screen. I will show you a quick method on how to turn off the touchpad on your Windows 8 laptop and get rid of this inconvenience once and for all.
turn off touchpad Windows 8
A lot of Windows 10, 8.1, 8 users while working on their laptops are accidentally touching the laptops touchpad thus making the mouse cursor move. By following the tutorial below you can learn how to turn off the touchpad and also from where you can activate it again if you ever want to switch from the classical mouse to the touchpad again in Windows.

Tutorials for turning off touchpad in Windows 10, 8.1, 8

First method:

  1. Usually and on most if the cases on the laptop’s keyboard you should have a “Fn” button and a “Touchpad” button situated in the upper side of the keyboard.
  2. Press and hold on the “Fn” button and the”Touchpad” button in order to turn off the touchpad or turn it back on.

Second method:

  1. You can download an app for turning off your laptop’s touchpad by accessing the link below:
    Download here program for disabling the touchpad
  2. After the downloading is finished go in the location where you placed this program and double-click (left click) on the executable file present there.
  3. After the installation is complete an icon will appear in your system tray. This program will disable your touchpad but only when it detects typing on the keyboard.

Third method:

  1. You can find on your Windows start screen a “Control Panel” icon; left click on the icon to open it.
  2. Now you will have to left click on the “More settings” feature to open it. You can find this on the left of the screen after you clicked on “Control Panel”.
  3. A window with “Control Panel” will open. In that window double click (left click) on the “Mouse settings” feature.
  4. After you get in the “Mouse settings” window left click on the “Change mouse settings” feature presented there.
  5. A “Mouse Properties” window will show.
  6. You will have to left click in the upper side of the window on the “Buttons” tab.
  7. Now next to “Left button” you need to choose the option “None” from the drop-down menu.
  8. Next to “Right button” you need to choose the option “None” from the drop-down menu.
  9. Left click on the “OK” button in the lower side of the screen.
  10. You should now have the touchpad buttons disabled and properly use your mouse.

Fourth method:

A forth option would be to try to uninstall the touchpad driver from your “Device Manager” but be sure to have it saved somewhere in case you ever want to activate the laptop’s touchpad again.

Laptop touchpad fixes and tips on Windows 10

If you want to upgrade or already upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1 or 8, you might want to turn off your touchpad. We would recommend you to follow the steps from our dedicated guide in order to turn off your touchpad in Windows 10. If you are an advanced user, you can try to access your touchpad’s advanced options and personalize its functionalities to your needs.

You can also encounter some issues with your touchpad random freeze or touchpad simply not working. This is not a problem as there are lots of fixes on the internet and we have some as well. Just check our fix guide for ‘touchpad freezes’ problem or for ‘touchpad not working’ issues.

You have above four quick methods to turn off the laptop’s touchpad in a Windows 10, 8.1, 8 operating system environment. For any questions on these methods don’t hesitate to write us below in the comment section of the page.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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