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This is the first computer I have ever bought and I couldn't bring it home without a mouse of its own. I'm trying to disable the touchpad but the only option I find is by uninstalling the drivers, which I think is a bit drastic, the buttons for activation and deactivation are disabled (I'm using windows 7 starter).

Do you have any idea of how to disable the touch pad when an external mouse is hooked up?

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It depends on the driver you have, if it is an Synaptics touchpad, you can disable it by right clicking on the taskbar icon.

For Alps, I think you can do it from the mouse properties in Control Panel.

For anything else, or different versions, just hunt around a mix of the above - either the mouse options or taskbar icon.

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Some Synaptics touch pads also have a gesture of some sort to disable them. For mine (HP ProBook 4720s) I can double tap the upper left corner to disable/enable it. – Ciaran Feb 6 '11 at 0:11
Thanks for your answers. – overmann Feb 6 '11 at 2:49

Click Synaptics tray icon, select "Pointing Device Properties"; select "Device Settings"; you can either disable it, or, in Windows 7, have it disable automatically if you connect an external mouse.

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This works perfectly. – TWood Aug 2 '12 at 0:22

there if anyone needs it - offers the option via the registry or GUI

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Link-only answers are frowned upon since they would end up useless if the link goes stale. You should edit your answer to to include the relevant parts. ;-) – Synetech Dec 3 '12 at 2:26

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