Do you want to explore the different ways to enable and disable the touchpad in Windows 11? If yes, then have a look at this guide and gather better Tips Touchpad in Windows 11.
In general, Windows 11 supports wide range of touchpad options for easier and simple navigation. Some users also prefer to make use of the external mouse for better ergonomics and precision.
When you have abandoned the touchpad already, then you may require disabling it to avoid certain issues. You also may need to temporarily disable the touchpad so you accidentally don’t move the cursor at the time of typing.
Some people also want to enable to touchpad, in case they have disabled it for any reason. Enabling and disabling the touchpad on the Windows 11 is very easy and quick. Read further and know how to enable and disable the touchpad in Windows 11.
Enable and disable touchpad through keyboard:
Most of the keyboards in laptop will have the function key that let you to enable or disable the touchpad very quickly. You need to find the function key with the printed touchpad icon on your laptop keyboard.
After that, you have to press those keys together with Fn key to enable or disable the touchpad. You can also get the confirmation message once your touchpad is enabled or disabled. You can use the same key for both enabling and disabling purpose.
Enable and disable touchpad through settings app:
The settings app of Windows 11 helps you to very easily modify certain things such as sensitivity, touchpad gestures, cursor speed, and much more. It can also give you wide range of option for enabling or disabling the touchpad. Check out below to find how to make it possible.
- At first, you need to open the start menu
- Then select the gear-shaped icon for launching the settings app
- After that, choose the Bluetooth & devices option and then click Touchpad option
- Toggle off or on the switch next to the Touchpad option
- Finally the touchpad will be enabled or disabled
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Enable and disable touchpad through control panel:
Microsoft has moved wide range of control panel applets to settings app with Windows 11. But the control panel is available still on the Windows 11. When you wants to use the control panel instead of settings app, then you need to follow the below mentioned procedure to enable or disable the touchpad.
- At first, you need to open the run dialog by pressing Windows key + R
- Then type control and then press OK to open the control panel
- After that, you need to change the view type to the large icons in the control panel window
- Then click on the mouse
- You need to choose the touch from the list under the hardware tab
- Then click the properties option
- After that, click the change settings option
- Click Yes when the UAC – User Account Control prompt appears
- Click on enable or disable device under the driver tab
- Finally, click Yes for confirmation
Enable and disable touchpad through device manager:
The device manager is the major part of the Microsoft Management Console that let you manage, view and troubleshoot many devices connected to the system. It can also let you to enable or disable most of the hardware devices that also include the touchpad.
- Use Windows key + X or right click the start icon to open the power user menu
- Then choose the device manager option from the list
- After that, you need to expand ‘mice and other pointing devices’ option
- Then right click on the touchpad and then choose enable or disable device
- Click Yes after you get the confirmation
Enable and disable touchpad through registry editor:
You can also enable and disable your touchpad through modifying the registry file when you feel adventurous. The registry editor consists of the critical settings option for the Windows OS. Hence, you have to use the trick when the other approaches fail.
You must know the fact that the editing registry files can be very risky. It is better for you to create the restore point or back up all kind of Registry files before executing the below mentioned procedure.
- At first, you need to open the search menu by clicking the search icon on taskbar
- Then type registry editor and choose run as administrator option
- Click Yes to continue when the UAC – User Account Control prompt appears
- Paste this path ‘Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PrecisionTouchPad\Status’ in the address bar in registry editor window.
- Then press the enter option
- Then double click enabled entry and then change the value data to zero for enabling or disabling the touchpad
- Then click OK
- Restart your Windows 11 laptop for applying those changes.