How to Disable a Synaptics Touchpad

Most laptops and netbooks on the market come with a Synaptics touchpad built in, but not all computer users are fans of the pointing device. A touchpad might be suitable when performing basic tasks like browsing the Web, but it can be difficult to control when editing graphics or performing other tasks that involve working with very small or very large areas. If you prefer to use a laser or trackball mouse or even a pen and tablet to interface with your business computer, you can disable the Synaptics touchpad so that it doesn't interfere.

  1. 1.

    Click "Start | Control Panel | Hardware and Sound | Mouse" to open Mouse Properties.

  2. 2.

    Click "Device Settings." Select "Synaptics Touchpad" and click "Disable" to turn off the device.

  3. 3.

    Click "OK" to close Mouse Properties.