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    Disable Touchpad when Mouse is Connected in Windows 10

    How to Disable Touchpad when Mouse is Connected in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Hardware & Drivers
    30 Dec 2020
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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 Precision Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected in Settings
    • Option Two: Leave Precision Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected using a REG file
    • Option Three: Leave Synaptics Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected in Control Panel
    • Option Four: Leave Synaptics Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected using a REG file
    • Option Five: Leave Elan Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected using a REG file






    OPTION ONE

    Leave Precision Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected in Settings


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

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

    Disable Touchpad when Mouse is Connected in Windows 10-touchpad_settings.png






    OPTION TWO

    Leave Precision Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected using a REG file


    This option is the same as doing Option One.

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

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PrecisionTouchPad

    LeaveOnWithMouse DWORD

    ffffffff (hex) = Check (on)
    0 = Uncheck (off)


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


     2. To Check "Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected"

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

    Leave_Precision_touchpad_on_when_mouse_is_connected.reg

    Download


     3. To Uncheck "Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected"

    This is the default setting.

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

    Disable_Precision_touchpad_when_mouse_is_connected.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 Restart the computer to apply.

    8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    OPTION THREE

    Leave Synaptics Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected in Control Panel


    This setting and/or GUI may vary from one Synaptics driver to another. If your setting or GUI is different for this, please post a screenshot showing it, and I'll be happy to include it in the tutorial for others.


    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 (default) the Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached setting for what you want, and click/tap on OK.

    Disable Touchpad when Mouse is Connected in Windows 10-clickpad_settings.jpg






    OPTION FOUR

    Leave Synaptics Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected using a REG file


    This option is the same as doing Option Three.

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

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Synaptics\SynTPEnh

    DisableIntPDFeature DWORD

    33 = Check (off)
    22 = Uncheck (on)


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


     2. To Check "Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached"

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

    Check-Disable_internal_pointing_device_when_external_USB_pointing_device_is_attached.reg

    Download


     3. To Uncheck "Disable internal pointing device when external USB pointing device is attached"

    This is the default setting.

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

    Uncheck-Disable_internal_pointing_device_when_external_USB_pointing_device_is_attached.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 Restart the computer to apply.

    8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






    OPTION FIVE

    Leave Elan Touchpad On or Off when Mouse is Connected using a REG file


    This option is the same as doing Option Three.

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

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software/Elantech/Othersetting

    DisableWhenDetectUSBMouse DWORD

    0 = Check (on)
    1 = Uncheck (off)


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


     2. To Check "Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected"

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

    Leave_Elan_touchpad_on_when_mouse_is_connected.reg

    Download


     3. To Uncheck "Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected"

    This is the default setting.

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

    Disable_Elan_touchpad_when_mouse_is_connected.reg

    Download


    4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7 Restart the computer to apply.

    8 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink



  1. Mohamine02's Avatar
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10 pro 64-bit/ Kali linux-2018.2
       #1

    Thank you, it was really helpful.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,295
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21359
    Thread Starter
       #2

    I'm glad it was able to help Mohamine, and welcome to Ten Forums.
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  3. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,932
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #3

    Hi, investigating this thread:
    Disable touchpad in Windows 10 Home - Windows 10 Forums

    post #4:
    I found the option not present with my Synaptics driver.

    Changing (in the end both) but in particular
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\DisableIntPDFeature = 33 hex
    restored the option in the Synaptics settings dialogue to disable touchpad if mouse connected as others had reported in various places.

    - having changed without effect
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Synaptics\SynTPEnh\DisableIntPDFeature = 33 hex
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,295
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21359
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hello @dalchina,

    Hmm, I wonder why Option 1 wasn't there by default for you.

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  5. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 29,932
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #5

    Don't know, but there are plenty of internet references to restoring it to the Synaptics settings... so it's not just me... but quite a common issue over a long time.

    And still no option in Settings relating to this - and I'm using 1709.

    This wasn't here before the reg change in HKCU:
    Disable Touchpad when Mouse is Connected in Windows 10-1.jpg

    E.g. discussed here in sevenforums:
    Synaptics Touchpad - Auto disable with USB mouse Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  6. gcwizard's Avatar
    Posts : 77
    Win 10 Pro x64 version 1809 build 17763.349
       #6

    I have a Dell laptop 13-7353 with Win 10 1803. Precision touchpad. There is not a clickpad tab for option number 1. Option 2 does not keep it disabled, even before 1803. Frustrating as my cursor jumps to previous lines while typing. Tried installing a Dell driver without positive results. I use a MS usb mouse. Can I just uninstall the touchpad in device manager? Do not know I would ever use it again unless the mouse battery failed and a replacement was not available.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,295
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21359
    Thread Starter
       #7

    gcwizard said:
    I have a Dell laptop 13-7353 with Win 10 1803. Precision touchpad. There is not a clickpad tab for option number 1. Option 2 does not keep it disabled, even before 1803. Frustrating as my cursor jumps to previous lines while typing. Tried installing a Dell driver without positive results. I use a MS usb mouse. Can I just uninstall the touchpad in device manager? Do not know I would ever use it again unless the mouse battery failed and a replacement was not available.

    Hello,

    Sure, you could disable the touchpad in Device Manager if you don't want to use it.
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  8. Posts : 637
    Windows 10 20H2
       #8

    Brink said:
    Hello,

    Sure, you could disable the touchpad in Device Manager if you don't want to use it.
    On top of everything else, disable no longer exists in Device Manager. MS updated my driver and I had to get an old one off of HP website. The only way I could install the driver was to click "Delete files" and then uninstall and then install the new driver. If you you try to reboot after uninstalling and deleting the files, the touchpad will reinstall on boot and the old driver will not install. Is there anything else that can be done to disable the touchpad?
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  9. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 56,295
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 21359
    Thread Starter
       #9

    You could give the free TouchFreeze or TouchpadPal a try to automatically disable the touchpad while typing.
      My Computers


 
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