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Approach 1: BIOS The touchpad can often be disabled in BIOS. On my Dell Latitude E6430s, the option is POST Behavior, Mouse/Touchpad. There is even an option to disable the touchpad only if an external mouse is attached. Approach 2: Device Manager Open Control Panel, System, Device Manager. Navigate to the mouse, right click on it and click Disable. ...


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(Win)+X opens the "Windows Mobility Center".  On my Dell Inspiron (running Windows 7), it looks like this: I disabled my touchpad there, and it has stayed disabled through many reboots.


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You don't really have to disable the entire touch pad, you just have to turn off the tap to select feature. Go to Control Panel>Mouse and select the touch pad tab. Find the tap-to-select tab, uncheck the enable box, and click OK. Then, just touching the pad will have no effect, but it will still respond to a moving finger. And the change is permanent.



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