The touchpad on your Windows 10 laptop can serve as a functional mouse that lets you navigate your computer without actually having a physical mouse, whether it’s wired or wireless. But you may occasionally connect a mouse to your laptop, and you might find that you are sometimes touching the touchpad when the using the mouse, which is causing some unwated cursor movement on the screen.
Fortunately this is something that you can fix by changing a setting which will cause Windows 10 to disable the touchpad when a mouse is connected. Our tutorial below will show you where to find this setting if it’s something that you would like to try out.
How to Disable the Touchpad When a Mouse is Connected in Windows 10
The steps in this article were performed on a Windows 10 laptop. By completing the steps in this guide you will be changing a setting on your computer so that the touchpad is automatically disabled when you connected another mouse to it. This will help to prevent any accidental mouse movements that might occur when you touch the touchpad if a mouse is connected.
Step 1: Type “touchpad” into the search bar at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
Step 2: Choose the “Touchpad settings” option from the list of search results.
Step 3: Click the box to the left of Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected to remove the checkmark.
Note that there are a number of other settings on this menu as well that let you control the behavior of your laptop’s touchpad. This article shows you which of those options to modify if you would like to change the direction that the touchpad scrolls when you use the two-finger scroll feature.
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