How to disable the touchpad when the mouse is connected in Windows 10/7

Earlier this year, I discussed setting macOS to automatically disable the trackpad when a mouse is connected to the MacBook. This feature is useful for those users who always use a mouse and don't want to use the built-in trackpad after connecting the mouse.

On the Windows operating system, a graphics option is available in Mouse Properties in the Control Panel to automatically disable the touchpad when a mouse is connected. Also, if you're using Windows 10, you can now set it to automatically turn off the touchpad when a mouse is connected to your netbook or laptop directly from the Settings app.

If you are using a laptop or netbook equipped with an ELAN or Synaptics touchpad, an option called Disable internal pointing device should appear in Mouse Properties when a mouse is connected.

Here are the steps to automatically disable the touchpad when a mouse is plugged in in Windows 10, 8 / 8.1 and Windows 7.

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Disable the touchpad when a mouse is connected in Windows

Method 1 of 4

For Windows 10

Step 1: Open Settings, click devices and then click mouse and touchpad.

Step 2: In the Touchpad section, uncheck the labeled option Leave the touchpad active when a mouse is connected. Note that the option may not appear on non-precision touchpads. Check out our guide on how to enable precision touchpad on any Windows 10 laptop guide for more information.


Method 2 of 4

(This method should work fine on Windows 10, Windows 7, and Windows 8 / 8.1)

Step 1: Open the Control Panel by going to the Start menu and then clicking on Control Panel.

Step 2: Change the default view to small icons. Look for the entry named Mouse and click to open Mouse Properties.

Step 3: It will happen VIVACITY or device configuration tab and look for an option titled Disable when connecting an external USB pointing device or Disable the internal pointing device when an external USB pointing device is connected. Select the same option and then click the Apply button. That's all!

If the above option is not present and your laptop uses the Synaptics touchpad, you can try the instructions given below to see the option mentioned above.

Method 3 of 4

NOTE: It is recommended that you create a registry backup before changing the default entries.

Step 1: Opens the Registry Editor. To do this, open the Run command by simultaneously pressing the Windows + R keys, type regedit.exe in the field followed by the Enter key.

Click the Yes button when the UAC message is displayed.

Step 2: In Registry Editor, go to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Synaptics SynTPEnh

Step 3: On the right side, create a new DWORD value and rename it to DisableIntPDFeature. Finally, change its value to 33 (make sure Hex is selected in the Basic section).

Step 4: Close Registry Editor and restart your PC to see the Disable Internal Pointing Device option when an external USB pointing device is connected. Good luck!

Method 4 of 4

Disable the touchpad when the mouse is connected in Windows 8.1

Step 1: To open PC configurations. To do this, move the mouse cursor to the top or bottom right corner of the screen to view the file charm barclick on settings then click Change your PC settings option.

Step 2: In the left pane of PC settings, click PC and devicesand then click mouse and touchpad.

Step 3: Here on the right hand side look for the option titled Leave the touchpad active when a mouse is connected and disable the same to automatically turn off the touchpad when you connect a mouse to your Windows 8.1 laptop or netbook. That's all!

You may also be interested in our way to disable touchpad while typing Windows 10 help.

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