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18
Nov
2015

Disable Your Touch Pad When Using a Mouse

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Do you have a sensitive laptop touch pad that moves your cursor while you type? Follow these steps to automatically disable your touch pad if your USB mouse is plugged in:

1. Open the Start menu. Search for and select mouse.



If you don't find it via search, go back to the main Start menu and click Control Panel.



Then find the mouse settings.



2. When the mouse settings box opens, go to the tab with settings for your touch pad (in this case, the ELAN tab). Check Disable when external pointing device plug in > Apply > OK



Note:
When you restart your machine or log out and back into your computer, you may need to reset these settings by un-checking and then re-checking the Disable box. 

If your mouse was plugged in when you turned off your computer, but is unplugged when you turn it back on, your computer may not recognize this, and your touch pad may not work. You can fix this with your keyboard as follows:

1. Press the Windows key to open the Start menu.
2. Search for mouse settings > press Enter to open them.
3. Press Ctrl+Tab to advance through the tabs of the settings box. 
4. Once on the correct tab, press tab to advance your cursor selection to Enable Device
5. Press Enter to apply the settings.
6. Press Enter to close the box.

If you have an unanswered technical question that you would like to see addressed in an upcoming issue, feel free to email it to social@navitend.com.

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