How to Disable Touchpad when a Mouse is Connected in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users steps to automatically disable a laptop’s touchpad when a mouse is connected in Windows 11. Most laptop computers come with integrated touchpad that’s used as an alternative to an external mouse.

By default, when you connect a mouse to your laptop, the touchpad will also be available and active. This allows you to use either the external mouse or touchpad to perform certain actions on your computer.

However, in some cases, when you have both an external mouse and touchpad active, you may run into situations where you inadvertently move the mouse pointer simply by resting your palm on the touchpad of your device.

This might not be something you’ll want happen frequently since it can be annoying.

Windows allows you to automatically disable the touchpad when you connect an external mouse, and the steps below will show you how to do that.

Other settings one can perform on a device’s touchpad are; turn on or off on-screen touchpad, use touchpad gestures, turn off touchpad clicks, disable your device touchpad, adjust touchpad sensitivity and more.

How to turn automatically turn off touchpad when mouse is connected in Windows 11

As mentioned above, Windows allows you to automatically disable your computer’s touchpad when you connect an external mouse.

Below is how to do that:

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings app. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

windows 11 start settings

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Bluetooth & devices and select the Touchpad tile on the right.

adjust touchpad sensitivity windows 11

On the Bluetooth & devices > Touchpad settings pane, select the tile that Reads “Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected” then uncheck the box to disable.

That will turn automatically turn off the touchpad when you connect an external mouse. This will also occur even if you connect a mouse via Bluetooth.

That should do it!


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