How to Disable the Touchpad on Windows 11

Touchpad giving you trouble, or you prefer a mouse? Turn it off or lock it down

What to Know

  • Open Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Touchpad, and click the Touchpad toggle.
  • You can temporarily lock the touchpad if your laptop has a physical switch or turn off touchpad-clicking in Windows Settings. 
  • To lock touchpad tap clicking: Open Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Touchpad > Taps, and click each checkmark to remove them.

This article explains how to disable the touchpad on Windows 11, including instructions for turning the touchpad back on later, even if you don’t have a mouse plugged in.

How Do I Disable My Microsoft Touchpad in Windows 11?

The touchpad on your Windows 11 laptop may end up getting in the way if your hands brush against it while typing, or you may not want it enabled if you’re using your laptop with a mouse. In either case, you can disable the touchpad in Windows 11 at any time through the device settings.

Here’s how to disable your touchpad in Windows 11:

  1. Right click the Windows icon on the taskbar.

    The Windows icon highlighted on the Windows 11 taskbar.
  2. Click Settings.

    Settings highlighted in the Windows 11 right-click menu.
  3. Click Bluetooth & devices.

    Bluetooth & devices highlighted in Windows 11 Settings.
  4. Scroll down if necessary, and click Touchpad.

    Touchpad highlighted in Bluetooth & devices Settings.
  5. Click the Touchpad toggle to turn it off.

    The Touchpad toggle highlighted in Bluetooth & devices Touchpad Settings.

How Do I Lock the Touchpad on Windows 11?

There’s no way to quickly and temporarily lock your touchpad on Windows 11 unless your laptop has a physical touchpad switch or a touchpad function key. If it does, you should be able to activate that switch or use that function key to lock your touchpad and switch it again to unlock it.

If you don’t have a physical switch and you’re having trouble with the touchpad registering accidental clicks, you can lock the touchpad so that it no longer happens. Doing so will prevent you from clicking anything, though, unless your laptop has physical mouse buttons or you have a USB or wireless mouse connected.

Here’s how to lock the clicking feature of your touchpad in Windows 11:

  1. Navigate to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Touchpad.

  2. Click Taps.

    Taps highlighted in Bluetooth & devices Touchpad Settings.
  3. Click each check box, starting with the bottom and working your way up.

    Touchpad tap option check boxes highlighted in Windows 11 settings.
  4. Once you’ve removed every check, tap clicking will no longer work.

    Touchpad tap functionality disabled in Windows 11.
  5. To unlock the touchpad and allow tap clicking again, you can click the checkboxes again if your laptop has physical mouse buttons. If it doesn’t, you will have to connect a mouse or use the method in the next section.

How to Turn the Touchpad On in Windows 11?

If you have disabled the touchpad in Windows 11, you can turn it back on by navigating to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Touchpad and either clicking the Touchpad toggle or clicking the checkboxes in the Taps section.

If you don’t have a mouse, you can still turn the touchpad back on using keyboard commands. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard.

    The search field highlighted in the Windows 11 main menu.
  2. Type touchpad, and press enter.

    Touchpad settings highlighted in Windows 11 search.
  3. Use the tab key and arrow keys to navigate this menu, highlight Touchpad, and press enter.

    Touchpad selected by the keyboard in Windows 11 Settings.
  4. Use the tab and arrow keys to highlight Touchpad and press enter if the touchpad toggle is off, or highlight Taps and press enter if you have disabled tap clicking.

    The Touchpad toggle and Taps highlighted in Windows 11 Touchpad Settings.
  5. If tap clicking is disabled, use the tab and arrow keys to highlight Tap with a single finger to single-click and press enter. You can then use your touchpad to turn the other tap-clicking features on if you wish.

    Touchpad tap options highlighted in Windows 11 Settings.
  • How do I disable the touchpad in Windows 10?

    To disable the touchpad in Windows 10, open Settings > Devices > Touchpad and move the toggle to the left to turn it off. If you'd like to make sure the touchpad remains off when you connect a mouse, deselect Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected.

  • How do I disable the touchpad on an HP laptop running Windows 10?

    If you have an HP Synaptics TouchPad laptop, double-tap the upper-left corner of the touchpad to disable and enable touch. If you have trouble getting this feature to respond, try these tips for unlocking the touchpad on HP laptops. To turn off this double-tap functionality, open the mouse settings and select Additional mouse options > TouchPad > and uncheck Double Tap to Enable or Disable TouchPad.

  • How do I disable the touchpad on a Dell laptop?

    On Windows 10, search for Mouse & touchpad settings and move the Touchpad toggle to the off position. If your laptop doesn't have this toggle, open Additional mouse options > Dell TouchPad. Select the touchpad figure to turn it off or move the on/off toggle and choose Save.

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