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How to Enable & Disable an HP Touchpad

Updated March 23, 2017

HP provides a Synaptics touchpad for its line of laptops. The touchpad is an alternative to a mouse and maintains regular mouse functions, including setting points and selecting and clicking components. By applying downward pressure and finger movement, you can use the touchpad to run your computer. Whenever you want to use or remove an external mouse, you can disable or enable your HP touchpad.

Press the "On/Off" button located next to your HP laptop's touchpad to disable the feature.

Press and hold the touchpad for five seconds to disable the touchpad if your HP laptop does not have an "On/Off" button. You should see a small light and an icon illuminating the touchpad signalling that the touchpad is off.

Alternatively, disable the touchpad from the Control Panel. To do so, click the Windows "Start" menu and click the "Control Panel." Double-click "Mouse" to launch the Mouse Properties dialogue box. Select the "Device Settings" tab and click "Disable" to disable the touchpad. Click "OK" to save the changes.

Press the "On/Off" button to turn on the touchpad. If your HP laptop does not include an "On/Off" button, press and hold the top right corner of the touchpad for five seconds and then release. A small light turns off and the touchpad icon appears briefly.

Click the Windows "Start" menu and click the "Control Panel."

Select the "Device Settings" tab and click "Enable" to enable the touchpad. Click "OK" to save the changes.

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Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.