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 brought you the 4 possible and sort of guaranteed solutions regarding, how 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 thus you are planning to disable it permanently and use an external mouse rather.
- Or it’s working fine but, for any reason, it is, you want to disable it for a certain time being i.e. temporarily.
Whatsoever, here is a detailed “how-to” guide for you.
To Enable or Disable the Touchpad on a Windows 10 Lenovo
Some of the different options and methods that you can consider while going for touchpad deactivation include.
- Using the distinct dedicated key on your keyboard
- Via the system’s mouse and touchpad settings
- From the Device Manager or Hardware settings
- From the BIOS Setup
Let’s now dig out each one specifically.
#1. Use the dedicated Keyboard Button
On your laptop, there is a distinct function key dedicated for this purpose i.e. enabling or disabling the touchpad. In most of the Lenovo laptops i.e. IdeaPad, ThinkPad range, etc., it’s either the “F6” or “F8” key that serves this function.
You are just required to press and hold the “Fn” key and then press that specific function key, say F8 here, and your touchpad should be disabled now. To enable it back, just repeat the same steps again.
If you don’t know much about your keyboard, about its different keys and their functions, just check out your laptop’s user guide or manual so that you can get all the necessary information.
Again, it’s sort of a temporary approach and your touchpad will auto-enable after the laptop gets a reboot.
#2. Via the Mouse and Touchpad Settings
If in case the first option didn’t work for you, which I hope must work, check this one out.
- Go to your system’s “Mouse/Touchpad settings”.
- If you are on a Windows 10 laptop, open up your system’s settings, seek out “Devices”, and therein you’ll find these settings.
- Or simply search “Mouse”, in your device’s search box, and open the “Mouse Properties”, or “Mouse and touchpad settings”.
- Down there, you will see “Additional mouse options/settings”, hence, click on it.
- You will see a new window being popped up with many different tabs i.e. Buttons, Pointer, Pointer Options, etc.
Now keep in mind that, if you are having a ThinkPad laptop, the last and rightmost tab there will be either named “UltraNav” or simply “ThinkPad”. But if you have, say an IdeaPad or any other device, that tab will appear as “Device Settings” or the “Touchpad’s Brand Name”.
- So, if it’s a ThinkPad, click on the rightmost i.e. “ThinkPad” tab, you’ll see there the “Enable Touchpad” button. Uncheck it, and you are done.
- Or you can also try this i.e. click the “Settings” button lying there on the screen, a new menu will appear, you’ll see a drop-down list, open it and select “Use TrackPoint Only”. Done!
- 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.
If These Two Methods Fail
If none of these two methods worked for you, then.
#3. Enable and Disable the Driver From Device Manager or Hardware Settings
All the aforementioned steps are, for sure, gonna work for you, but if in case you are down on luck and finding no way out, you can try this as well i.e.
- Go to your laptop’s “Device Manager”, either by clicking the Windows + X keys both at the same time and selecting “Device Manager” from the list or by typing it straight in your search box.
- Seek out the “Mice and other pointing devices” (the name may vary), double click on it, you’ll see the “Touchpad driver” appearing as a drop-down, Right-click on it and select “Uninstall Device”.
- Or from the same “Mouse/Touchpad settings” and “Additional settings”, as discussed in the previous method, click on the “Hardware” tab instead of the last i.e. rightmost one.
- 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.
#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, but still, most of the time, this is how it works in Windows 10 ThinkPad laptops i.e.
- Shut down your system and turn it back “On”.
- Press the F1 key immediately as the ThinkPad logo appears on the screen, quite seldom it’s the Enter key that you’re required to press continuously, so you’ll enter into your system’s BIOS Setup.
- Seek out “Configuration”, open it, get into the “Keyboard and Mouse” configurations, and then into the “Touchpad/Trackpad”, ultimately.
- You’ll see the “Enable/Disable” toggle button there. Switch it to your intended side i.e. either disable it (for now) or vice versa.
- 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.
Say, you’re framing up your assignment and hence want to keep the cursor from those unwanted movements, which can muddle up your work, try the easiest possible fix i.e. press one keyboard key to disable your touchpad temporarily and press it again to enable it back.
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But if the touchpad is malfunctioning, straight away go for uninstalling or disabling its driver. Still, confused? I think you’ve missed the article.
Just go back and I assure you that you’ll find this article an ultimate guide to your search query i.e. how to enable and disable a touchpad on a Lenovo laptop?