The touchpad on your laptop tends to just get in the way once you have a mouse plugged in. If you keep hitting it accidentally while using your keyboard, there is a way to counter the annoyance by disabling the trackpad.
Every laptop is different, so we’ve compiled several ways that you can disable your touchpad – at least one of them should work for any laptop.
Physically switching trackpad on or off
There’s a good chance that a physical switch on your laptop allows you turn the touchpad on or off. Sometimes you can use an Fn key combination to do this. On the laptop in this example, pressing Fn + F9 can be used.
Disabling via touchpad software
Another option is to disable it via the touchpad software that the manufacturer put on the laptop. This option isn’t always available (but it usually is), and the icon may look different on your system, but usually you’ll see an icon like this in the taskbar:
If you don’t see that icon, check the others in the taskbar as your icon may be different.
Double-click that icon to open the software, and look for an option to disable the touchpad. Manufacturer software can vary widely, so we can’t give you precise instructions, but be sure to peruse around in the different tabs. You should see something like this:
Click on “Disable when external USB mouse is plugged in,” hit OK, and you’ll be good to go whenever Windows detects that a mouse has been plugged in.
Disabling via device manager
If you’ve tried all of the above to no avail, you can use Window’s Device Manager to disable the trackpad. Click on Start and type ‘device manager’ to open it.
With Device Manager open, expand the ‘Mice and other pointing devices’ section and right-click on the trackpad to disable it.
It’s labelled as ‘Smart-Pad’ here, but it’s still obvious what it is.