How to Disable a Mouse Pad on an Asus Notebook

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How to Disable a Mouse Pad on an Asus Notebook
Touchpads may be turned on and off through the control panel, but only if they are fully installed. (laptop image by martini from Fotolia.com)

Touchpads are fairly standard equipment on laptops these days, in lieu of the older "eraser-head" track buttons. Because laptops are typically not used in locations that are conducive to using a full-size mouse, touchpads are used instead to allow the user to move the mouse pointer with a finger. Occasionally however, you may find yourself wanting to disable the touchpad---perhaps while you are typing so that accidentally brushing the touchpad does not reposition the typing cursor. Somewhat ironically, in order to disable an ASUS laptop's touchpad, you first need to fully enable the touchpad's software by installing the correct drivers onto your computer.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Active Internet connection

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open your preferred Web browser and navigate to the ASUS driver download page.

  2. 2

    Select the product, series and model of your laptop using the drop-down menus on the ASUS website and click the "Search" button.

  3. 3

    Select your laptop's operating system and expand the "Touchpad" category in the new page.

  4. 4

    Click the "Global" option. This will bring up a "Download" dialogue box on your screen. Save the driver install file to your hard drive. Launch it when the file has finished downloading.

  5. 5

    Follow the instructions to begin the automated driver installation program. You may need to restart your computer to complete the installation.

  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button and launch the control panel from the start menu.

  2. 2

    Click "Mouse" in the control panel window to open a new dialogue box.

  3. 3

    Click the "Device Settings" tab.

  4. 4

    Select the touchpad in the list of installed devices and click the "Disable" button. This will disable the touchpad.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have already installed the driver files for your ASUS laptop's touchpad, you may skip the first section.
  • The "Device Settings" tab in the mouse dialogue box will only be available if you have installed the device drivers for your laptop's touchpad.

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