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For the last 6 years I have been using a ThinkPad R50e which used a trackpoint instead of a touchpad.

Now though I am using a laptop given to me by my work and it's a Dell Latitude E4300 which utilises both a trackpoint and a touchpad for mouse gestures. However, I'm finding the touchpad troublesome as a lot of the time I end up touching the touchpad while using the trackpoint and it in turn triggers events that I don't want or didn't expect.

Is it at all possible to disable the touchpad while continuing to use the trackpoint?

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The key to these settings should be the "Dell Touchpad" application. If it is installed, you can access it either by the system tray or "Control panel -> Mouse". See this SU question, too - containing a screenshot of the application:

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If it's not installed yet, it should be possible to download it from Dell, this link seems to point to an old download (2007), but it might work.

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Downloaded it but it doesn't want to install. It comes with the error "Could not find OS specific setup program". I've changed the compatibility to Windows Vista but no good. :( –  mickburkejnr Mar 9 '12 at 9:05
    
Did you go to the Dell site and enter a service tag? That usually works but sometimes you need to use just the model group and then the needed install will be listed. Have seen this with WiFi adapters. –  Dave M Mar 9 '12 at 17:43
    
Did work for me, trackpoint + external mouse w/o touchpad is great –  Tobias Jan 16 '13 at 8:30
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