How to Disable the Touchpad on an HP Notebook

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How to Disable the Touchpad on an HP Notebook
Most HP touchpads can be disabled. (laptop image by Du...¡an Zidar from Fotolia.com)

With the first Hewlett-Packard laptop and attached touchpad came the ability to disable said touchpad. The touchpad is the smooth surface, usually located below the keyboard, that allows you to glide and use your finger as a mouse. If you have a mouse attached to your USB drive, the touchpad can become unnecessary or even a nuisance. You can accidentally click on things if your touch pad is ultrasensitive or in your way when you are typing on your computer.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Click "Start," and select "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Double-click the "Mouse" icon to prompt the "Devices" menu. Displayed is a list of all of the hardware that is installed in your computer.

  3. 3

    Disable the touchpad by unchecking the "Touch Pad" device.

  1. 1

    Click "Start," and select "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Double click "Mouse Properties."

  3. 3

    Select the "Device Settings" tab on the "Mouse Properties" menu.

  4. 4

    Complete the disable of the touchpad by clicking the "Disable" button, "Apply" and the "X" on the menu.

  1. 1

    Click "Start," and select "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Select "Classic View" on the left toolbar of the "Control Panel" menu.

  3. 3

    Double-click the "Mouse" icon, and select "Disable."

  4. 4

    Complete by clicking "Apply" and "OK."

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