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How to Hide or Show Touchpad Button on Taskbar in Windows 10

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Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14965, controlling external monitors from tablets just got easier. You can now drive content on a second display from your tablet without ever having to attach a mouse. The virtual touchpad lets you do more with a tablet and a second screen – just connect to another monitor, PC, or TV, go to Action Center and tap on the “Project” Quick Action to extend your screen. Use it just like you would a physical touchpad to control content on the connected screen. When you enable the “Show touchpad button”, a touchpad icon will appear in the notification area (just like Windows Ink Workspace does), and tapping on it will bring it up the virtual touchpad.

The touchpad button is only supported on any PC (ex: tablet or laptop) that has a touchscreen.

This tutorial will show you how to hide or show the touchpad button on the taskbar notification area for your account in Windows 10.


CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Hide or Show Touchpad Button in Taskbar Context Menu
  • Option Two: To Hide or Show Touchpad Button using a BAT file


EXAMPLE: Touchpad button on taskbar and virtual touchpad
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Touchpad Button on Taskbar - Hide or Show in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Touchpad Button on Taskbar - Hide or Show in Windows 10
To Hide or Show Touchpad Button in Taskbar Context Menu

1. Right click or press and hold on the taskbar, and click/tap on Show touchpad button to toggle it to show (checked) or hide (unchecked - default). (see screenshot below)

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Touchpad Button on Taskbar - Hide or Show in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Touchpad Button on Taskbar - Hide or Show in Windows 10
To Hide or Show Touchpad Button using a BAT file

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The .bat files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Touchpad

TouchpadDesiredVisibility DWORD

0 = Off - hide
1 = On - show


1. Do step 2 (show) or step 3 (hide) below for what you would like to do.


 2. To Show Touchpad Button on Taskbar

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

Show_Touchpad_button_on_taskbar.bat

download


 3. To Hide Touchpad Button on Taskbar

NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

Hide_Touchpad_button_on_taskbar.bat

download

4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5. Unblock the .bat file.

6. Run the .bat file.

7. You will now notice your screen flicker and a command prompt quickly opens and closes as explorer is restarted to apply the registry changes.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn