How To Change Touchpad Setting to a Wireless Mouse

by Michelle Varsallona
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When you install a wireless mouse onto a laptop, the laptop keeps both the mouse and the touchpad enabled. Often, people trying to navigate on their laptop using the keyboard and mouse will accidentally hit the touchpad. Doing this may accidentally select or deselect an object on the screen and ruin the work you were doing. Disable the laptop touchpad so you can solely work with the mouse and keyboard.

Step 1

Click on the “Start” button at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2

Go to “Control Panel.”

Step 3

Click “Hardware.”

Step 4

Select “Mouse.”

Step 5

Click the tab that says “Touchpad,” “Device Settings” or a variation of either. This depends on the brand of computer you have.

Select the name of the touchpad and click “Disable.” Now you will be able to use the only the wireless mouse.


  • MacBooks are set to automatically disable the touchpad when a mouse is attached.


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  • Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images

About the Author

Michelle Varsallona started writing professionally in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She specializes in writing about all things mobile, gaming, geek-culture and vegan related.

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