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How to Disable Touchpad when Mouse is Connected in Windows 10


If your Windows 10 PC (ex: laptop) has a built-in touchpad and you like to use an external USB or Bluetooth mouse, you can set to automatically disable the touchpad when a mouse is connected and automatically enable the touchpad when the mouse is disconnected.

This tutorial will show you how to automatically disable the touchpad when a mouse is connected for your account in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: Leave Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected in Control Panel
  • Option Two: Leave Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected in Settings





Disable Touchpad when Mouse is Connected in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Disable Touchpad when Mouse is Connected in Windows 10
Leave Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected in Control Panel

1. Open the Control Panel (icons view), and click/tap on the Mouse icon.

2. Click/tap on the Clickpad Settings tab in Mouse Properties. (see screenshot below)

The actual name of this tab will vary depending on the touchpad brand and drivers. It will usually be the last tab.

3. Check or uncheck the Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached setting for what you want, and click/tap on OK.

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Disable Touchpad when Mouse is Connected in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Disable Touchpad when Mouse is Connected in Windows 10
Leave Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected in Settings


This option is only available in Settings if you have a precision touchpad.

This option is no longer available in Settings starting with Windows 10 version 1803.

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Devices icon.

2. Click/tap on Touchpad on the left side, and check or uncheck Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected for what you want on the right side. (see screenshot below)

3. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.

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That's it,
Shawn