Windows 10: Touchpad Has a Mind of Its Own

Discus and support Touchpad Has a Mind of Its Own in Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance to solve the problem; I have finally grown beyond weary of having to disable the touchpad on my laptop every boot up. *Mad I am posting here as I am just assuming the issue... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Performance & Maintenance' started by TyredOfTen, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. Touchpad Has a Mind of Its Own


    I have finally grown beyond weary of having to disable the touchpad on my laptop every boot up. *Mad I am posting here as I am just assuming the issue is Windows 10 and not the laptop.

    This is my 3rd laptop... so I'm not totally new to them, and is why I've become frustrated with not being able to disable/enable the touchpad as I please. Dell has been no help what-so-ever.

    Because I've never been proficient at using a laptop's touchpad, and preferring to use a mouse, I've always disabled the touchpad and hooked up a mouse. Sometimes when travelling, if a mouse is inconvenient, I will enable the touchpad. I can deal with it for short periods.

    But with this laptop, I must disable the touchpad everytime I boot up (touchpad will remain disabled if all I do is re-boot). I even uninstalled the touchpad driver several months ago, only to discover the next day that the system had reinstalled drivers, thus causing the touchpad to be enabled and I had to go into Device Manager and disable it AGAIN.

    Does anyone know what can be done, how to force Win10 to retain my settings?

    :)
     
    TyredOfTen, Apr 12, 2019
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  2. nxavis9 Win User

    I want to disable touchpad on Dell laptop


    Hello everyone,
    My laptop's touchpad works and I don't want it to, because I prefer a mouse. It's a Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series on windows 10 OS.

    What I have tried that hasn't worked:
    • start<settings<devices<mouse & touchpad<additional mouse options. This opens a window called Mouse Options which has 5 tabs up top, none of which involve the touchpad. The Hardware tab shows 2 devices: the mouse itself, and the USB. No touchpad there.
    • windows key+x<mobility center. No touchpad to be found.
    • various function keys. No options for touchpad on/off.
    • device manager<mice and other pointing devices. Again, only the mouse and usb show up. It appears the touchpad is working without a driver, which is a little spooky.
    Any other suggestions? I could try downloading a third party driver, but that seems like a step in the wrong direction.
    Thanks
     
    nxavis9, Apr 12, 2019
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  3. TouchPad problem


    see attached screenshot of the keys after I re ran the scan

    so i assume next steps are to have that program open that you suggested whilst using the laptop and then when the touchpad gets disabled to check if the keys have changed?
     
    bartjunited, Apr 12, 2019
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  4. Touchpad Has a Mind of Its Own

    turn off touchpad

    Thanks for trying I downloaded driver for touchpad, followed the steps you listed but it did not solve the problem - When I get to the last tab for the software, there is no checkbox for "disable touchpad if mouse is attached." I can completely disable the
    touchpad by system, and you, advised against this so at least I had the warning not to completely disable touchpad. I have tried the other options suggested but to no avail. Frustrating!
     
    MonetteIrwin, Apr 12, 2019
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