How to Enable and Disable Touchpad on Lenovo Laptops?

How to Enable and Disable Touchpad on Lenovo Laptops?

Ranging from pressing a single keyboard button to do it, the simplest possible way out, to disabling the touchpad’s driver from your system’s BIOS setup, I have prepared for you four possible ways to enable and disable touchpad on Lenovo laptop.

Well, it’s worth mentioning here that there can be two scenarios i.e.

Your touchpad is malfunctioning, and you are planning to disable it permanently, which means that you will be going back to an external mouse rather than trying the new button functionality.

Or it’s working fine, but, for any reason, it is, you want to disable it for a certain time being, i.e., temporarily.

How to Enable and Disable Touchpad on Lenovo Laptops

There are several different unique ways that you can go about deactivating your touchpad from within your computer. It’s possible to do so by using the options settings found under Windows Control Panel, for instance. Or there is also a way to activate this feature via your device manager or hardware settings.

You’re also able to take advantage of options available in your system’s BIOS setting tools. If you would like to see all these methods outlined step-by-step, then please see “Method 1: Using The Device Manager” listed below, which we have provided as a conveniently trimmed down version of the Advanced Method tutorial (since this information apposite already been covered):

Let’s now dig out each one specifically.

#1. Use the dedicated Keyboard Button

You can disable the touchpad on your computer by combining two keys – the function key and another key on your keyboard. At the same time, press “function,” press “F8” to disable the touchpad, and press “F8” again to bring it back on.

If you do not know how your laptop’s keyboard functions or what each key is used for, check your laptop’s manual. This is also where to look if you’d like to access the touchpad again once the reboot occurs.

#2. Via the Mouse and Touchpad Settings

To go to your computer’s Mouse/Touchpad settings, simply click the Start menu in Windows and select “Mouse,” or open up your system’s settings in macOS and go to “Trackpad” or search for “mouse” or “touchpad” respectively. You can also check out the list of default options there, as you could change them later.

Another thing you should keep in mind when using a laptop is that if you have an UltraNav trackpad, this will be the name of the tab on your left. However, if you have a different brand, like Idea pad, it’ll show as “Device Settings” or something similar.

If you’re checking out the Lenovo ThinkPad and want to rearrange your [touchpad](link to touchpad section of the blog), you can disable your touchpad from within Windows by clicking on Start > Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Mouse. Don’t you see a touchpad tab? That’s because it’s been removed, but that means there is an option lurking somewhere in the control panel for you to re-enable it.

I’m going to tell you another way. Get to know the settings options of your laptop. There is a trackpad associated with it; look for the settings option; there will be a drop-down list; click on it and select “Use TrackPoint Only.”

If it’s an IdeaPad or any other Lenovo laptop, click on the “Device Settings” tab, you’ll find two clear “Enable” and “Disable” buttons there.

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If These Methods Fail

#3. Enable and Disable the Driver From Device Manager or Hardware Settings

Windows laptops have something called the Device Manager, which can always locate an error if there is one. To access this Device Manager, you need to first press the Windows and X keys together on your keyboard simultaneously, then release both at once, or you can type Device Manager straight into your search bar.

After you have restarted the laptop, open “Device Manager” by logging in with administrative privileges and locate the mouse device by expanding “Mice and other pointing devices” for it to show in a new window; double click on it, and the touchpad will be shown as a drop-down selection. Click on it, then right-click on “Disable” and “OK.”

Or, in the same “Mouse/Touchpad settings” and “Additional settings” tabs, as discussed in the previous method, click on the “Hardware” tab.

Select the touchpad driver from the list, click on the “Properties” button, and therein on the “Change Settings”.

In the new Windows, among many different tabs, you’ll see a “Driver” tab as well. Open it and click on the “Disable”.

Your touchpad’s driver is deactivated now.

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#2. From the BIOS Setup

Although it’s quite intricate, and I’d suggest you refer to your system’s user guide to know in detail about everything, since the features have newer iterations on each piece of hardware push from time to time, here are the basic instructions:

Shut down your system and turn it back “On”.

The F1 key for the ThinkPad logo and F2 for the scrolling red arrow. For G Series laptops: Press [Fn] then [F5]. Many people I know misconstrue this section as saying to press Enter. Still, an alternative solution given by a user was to press the Esc (escape) key (instead of pressing Enter) and follow it by repeatedly pressing F1.

Seek out “Configuration” by pressing the super key and then navigating through pressing the down arrow key repeatedly once you have found “Configuration,” press and hold “Alt” while pressing down on the super key (Windows or Linux logo) to open it. Open the “Keyboard and Mouse” configuration, search for “Touchpad/Trackpad” by navigating with either your arrow keys (preferably right), Enter, or Tab, and then change your settings to what you need – like disabling scrolling.

You’ll see the “Enable/Disable” toggle button there. Click it and move the switch to your intended side, i.e., toggle off or on.

You are done—Press F10 to save the settings and exit.

Press “Enter,” you’ll be asked, “Save configuration changes?” click “Yes.”

It’s all set, exit now and let the system on. You’ll see everything is sound and working except for the touchpad.

Final Words about How to Enable and Disable Touchpad on Lenovo Laptops

Have you ever tried to edit a text and keep your hand from moving the cursor outside of the frame? While it’s a minor inconvenience, it can be frustrating when you have to write something long from time to time. If this is the case, the first thing you shouldn’t do is get frustrating.

Try out this handy tip which will prevent you from accidentally moving your cursor by giving your touchpad a temporary holiday. It’s simple as well as effective! Press one key on your keyboard, and voila! There won’t be any unnecessary movements.

But if the touchpad is malfunctioning, you may have to uninstall or disable its driver. Are you still confused? It seems like you may have missed some important information in the article.

Just go back, and I assure you that you’ll find this article an ultimate guide to enabling and disabling a touchscreen on a Lenovo laptop. Again, the keyword here is to enable and disable.

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