Hide or Show Touchpad Button on Taskbar in Windows 10  

    Hide or Show Touchpad Button on Taskbar in Windows 10

    Hide or Show Touchpad Button on Taskbar in Windows 10

    How to Hide or Show Touchpad Button on Taskbar in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    21 Mar 2021
    Designer Media Ltd

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


    Starting with Windows 10 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.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 15019, the look of the Virtual Touchpad has been adjusted to make the left/right buttons more visible.

    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 in Settings
    • Option Three: To Hide or Show Touchpad Button using a BAT file



    EXAMPLE: Touchpad button on taskbar and virtual touchpad
    Hide or Show Touchpad Button on Taskbar in Windows 10-virtual_touchpad.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    To Hide or Show Touchpad Button in Taskbar Context Menu


    This option is no longer available starting with Windows 10 build 21337 and higher.


    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)

    Hide or Show Touchpad Button on Taskbar in Windows 10-touchpad_button_taskbar_context_menu.png






    OPTION TWO

    To Hide or Show Touchpad Button in Settings


    1 Turn on or off the Touchpad system icon for what you want. (see screenshot below)

    For how, see: How to Turn Taskbar Notification Area System Icons On or Off in Windows 10

    Hide or Show Touchpad Button on Taskbar in Windows 10-touchpad_icon_settings-2.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    To Hide or Show Touchpad Button using a BAT file


    The downloadable .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

    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






  1. Posts : 22
    W10 Windows 10 Home 10.0.1863 Build 18363.
       #1

    Problem show Touchpad icon on Taskbar


    Greetings from S Alberta:
    Have spent too much time attempting how to show a Touchpad icon on my taskbar. Nothing seems to work.

    I have a Dynabook Satellite Pro C50 H with Windows 10 (Home) installed-version 21H2 10.0.19044.
    My mouse is a Logitech ModelM510.

    In my Device Manager settings it shows nothing for a Touchpad device.

    In my Windows Mouse Settings it shows nothing to link to Touchpad.

    In my Windows Settings it show Touchpad settings that appear to be generic MS settings.

    I have tried turning on in Windows System settings for Icons the button for Touchpad, but button turns to off position when I close Windows Settings.

    I have tried all suggestions below except for using the bat file registry change because this option may be outdated for my version of Windows 10.

    Help is appreciated.
    Yrret_Terry
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 68,843
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    yrret said:
    Greetings from S Alberta:
    Have spent too much time attempting how to show a Touchpad icon on my taskbar. Nothing seems to work.

    I have a Dynabook Satellite Pro C50 H with Windows 10 (Home) installed-version 21H2 10.0.19044.
    My mouse is a Logitech ModelM510.

    In my Device Manager settings it shows nothing for a Touchpad device.

    In my Windows Mouse Settings it shows nothing to link to Touchpad.

    In my Windows Settings it show Touchpad settings that appear to be generic MS settings.

    I have tried turning on in Windows System settings for Icons the button for Touchpad, but button turns to off position when I close Windows Settings.

    I have tried all suggestions below except for using the bat file registry change because this option may be outdated for my version of Windows 10.

    Help is appreciated.
    Yrret_Terry
    Hello Yrret_Terry,

    Just to verify, does your laptop have a touchscreen?

    If not, the virtual Touchpad feature will not be available.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 22
    W10 Windows 10 Home 10.0.1863 Build 18363.
       #3

    Hi Brink,
    You are always there for me and others!
    My laptop doesn't have a touch screen.
    With my old Lenovo you could have a icon showing in the taskbar, where you could toggle the touchpad on and off. I guess I have to live without it. Thanks, Y-T
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 68,843
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    yrret said:
    Hi Brink,
    You are always there for me and others!
    My laptop doesn't have a touch screen.
    With my old Lenovo you could have a icon showing in the taskbar, where you could toggle the touchpad on and off. I guess I have to live without it. Thanks, Y-T
      My Computers


 

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