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What is the easiest way to disable the touch pad on a laptop?

What is the easiest way to disable the touch pad on a laptop?

What is the easiest way to disable the touch pad on a laptop?

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Guest [Entry]

Original post isn't real clear on if you need something that can be quickly turned back on or not. Typically, the connector from the touchpad to the mobo is easily reached under the keyboard. You could unplug it as long as you don't need to be able to turn it on/off on the fly (and you're not worried about warranty/possible accidental damage concerns). Obviously, don't do this unless you're quite certain of what you're doing, etc. Poking/proding the wrong thing could cause permanent damage. Insert additional disclaimers here, etc.
Guest [Entry]

"Most touch pads can be disabled via it's preferences. The laptops I have all have a small app running in the system tray where I can access it's preferences.

But if you can't do it that way you could always disable it using the device manager found under ""My Computer""->Preferences and it's on one of the tabs found there.

I don't know precisely what the tab/menu says because I have a Swedish version of windows.

Found a link: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/devicemgr.mspx"
Guest [Entry]

Often the manufacturer will have custom software that does this.
Guest [Entry]

On Linux, just install syndaemon and run it when your session starts. I suggest you use the -k and -t options
Guest [Entry]

If you were using a Mac you can turn off the trackpad when an external mouse is plugged in by by using the Keyboard & Mouse Preference Pane in System Preferences (< 10.5.6), or the Trackpad Preference Pane (10.5.7+).