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Thread: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USBmouse is connected?

  1. #1
    Ext User(Danny D.) Guest

    Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USBmouse is connected?

    I can't count the number of times the sensitive touchpad is
    inadvertently activated while typing, in Windows XP & Windows 7.

    Is there freeware available that will simply TURN OFF the touchpad
    when a USB mouse is connected?

    I guess if not, then is there a SIMPLE way to disable the TOUCHPAD
    driver when the mouse is attached; and then a simple way to re-enable
    that touchpad driver when the mouse is not connected?

  2. #2
    Ext User(Wildman) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USBmouse is connected?

    On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:33:14 +0000, Danny D. wrote:

    > I can't count the number of times the sensitive touchpad is
    > inadvertently activated while typing, in Windows XP & Windows 7.
    >
    > Is there freeware available that will simply TURN OFF the touchpad
    > when a USB mouse is connected?
    >
    > I guess if not, then is there a SIMPLE way to disable the TOUCHPAD
    > driver when the mouse is attached; and then a simple way to re-enable
    > that touchpad driver when the mouse is not connected?


    I think most laptops have a hot key combo for that.
    Mine does.

  3. #3
    Ext User(nemesis) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:33:14 +0000 (UTC), Danny D. wrote:

    > I can't count the number of times the sensitive touchpad is
    > inadvertently activated while typing, in Windows XP & Windows 7.
    >
    > Is there freeware available that will simply TURN OFF the touchpad
    > when a USB mouse is connected?
    >
    > I guess if not, then is there a SIMPLE way to disable the TOUCHPAD
    > driver when the mouse is attached; and then a simple way to re-enable
    > that touchpad driver when the mouse is not connected?


    You can meddle with the settings through "Control Panel -- Mouse".
    I turn the pad clicks off.

  4. #4
    Ext User(NY) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    "nemesis" wrote in message
    news:ue6yhgkafvcc$.pwz821mizlw9.dlg@40tude.net...

    On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:33:14 +0000 (UTC), Danny D. wrote:

    > > I guess if not, then is there a SIMPLE way to disable the TOUCHPAD
    > > driver when the mouse is attached; and then a simple way to re-enable
    > > that touchpad driver when the mouse is not connected?


    > You can meddle with the settings through "Control Panel -- Mouse".
    > I turn the pad clicks off.


    I turn "tapping" off because that is the spawn of the devil. A mousepad is
    physically much smaller than the area that you normally move a mouse over,
    so it's not possible to set a scale factor that allows you to move the mouse
    from one side of the screen to the other with a movement from one side of
    the pad to the other while still giving enough precision for fine movements,
    so you normally have to make a couple of left-side to right-side movements
    (lifting your finger in between) to cover the whole screen. Nothing is more
    infuriating than putting your finger down a bit too hard while doing the
    repeated side-to-side movement and finding that you have inadvertantly
    left-clicked.

    Tapping attempts to merge mouse movement and clicking, which you don't do
    with a normal mouse, so why should people expect to do it with a touch pad.

    The other thing I always turn on with any PC I use (if some misguided person
    has turned it off) is display of the task bar. It's so infuriating to look
    at the bottom right for the clock, or look for an open-but-hidden
    application in the task bar, only to find that the taskbar isn't there and
    you have to move the mouse to the bottom of the screen and wait several
    seconds for it to re-appear.

    But tastes vary: my wife likes tapping on and taskbar off. We're like Jack
    Spratt and his wife!


  5. #5
    Ext User(richard) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:33:14 +0000 (UTC), Danny D. wrote:

    > I can't count the number of times the sensitive touchpad is
    > inadvertently activated while typing, in Windows XP & Windows 7.
    >
    > Is there freeware available that will simply TURN OFF the touchpad
    > when a USB mouse is connected?
    >
    > I guess if not, then is there a SIMPLE way to disable the TOUCHPAD
    > driver when the mouse is attached; and then a simple way to re-enable
    > that touchpad driver when the mouse is not connected?


    I hate that too. But luckily, most laptops have a way of turning the pad
    off if you want.
    if you have a [fn] key you should try pressing that and try each of the top
    bar functin keys until you fins the one that turns off the pad.
    Or check your control panel mouse settings.

  6. #6
    Ext User(CRNG) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:45:22 -0400, richard <noreply@example.com>
    wrote in <1cthe9k9g7n6q$.jodn5z4u7ocs$.dlg@40tude.net> Re Re: Is there
    freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is
    connected?:

    >I hate that too. But luckily, most laptops have a way of turning the pad
    >off if you want.
    >if you have a [fn] key you should try pressing that and try each of the top
    >bar functin keys until you fins the one that turns off the pad.
    >Or check your control panel mouse settings.


    That's the worst advice I've seen in a long time: pushing buttons
    whose function you do not know, to find out what their function is.
    Man, that is dumb.
    --
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    and having to visit 10 different news stands to pickup each one.
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  7. #7
    Ext User(VanguardLH) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    Danny D. wrote:

    > I can't count the number of times the sensitive touchpad is
    > inadvertently activated while typing, in Windows XP & Windows 7.
    >
    > Is there freeware available that will simply TURN OFF the touchpad
    > when a USB mouse is connected?
    >
    > I guess if not, then is there a SIMPLE way to disable the TOUCHPAD
    > driver when the mouse is attached; and then a simple way to re-enable
    > that touchpad driver when the mouse is not connected?


    Isn't there a button alongside the edge of the touchpad to physically
    enable/disable it? You don't identify the touchpad. Is it in a laptop?
    If so, which one (make and model)? Is it a standalone device?

  8. #8
    Ext User(Ken Blake) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:04:19 -0500, CRNG <noemail@atthisdomain.gov>
    wrote:

    > On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:45:22 -0400, richard <noreply@example.com>
    > wrote in <1cthe9k9g7n6q$.jodn5z4u7ocs$.dlg@40tude.net> Re Re: Is there
    > freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is
    > connected?:
    >
    > >I hate that too. But luckily, most laptops have a way of turning the pad
    > >off if you want.
    > >if you have a [fn] key you should try pressing that and try each of the top
    > >bar functin keys until you fins the one that turns off the pad.
    > >Or check your control panel mouse settings.

    >
    > That's the worst advice I've seen in a long time: pushing buttons
    > whose function you do not know, to find out what their function is.
    > Man, that is dumb.



    Ditto!

  9. #9
    Ext User(Thip) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    "Danny D." <dannyd@nowhere.com> wrote in message
    news:l0ns5q$ebn$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > I can't count the number of times the sensitive touchpad is
    > inadvertently activated while typing, in Windows XP & Windows 7.
    >
    > Is there freeware available that will simply TURN OFF the touchpad
    > when a USB mouse is connected?
    >
    > I guess if not, then is there a SIMPLE way to disable the TOUCHPAD
    > driver when the mouse is attached; and then a simple way to re-enable
    > that touchpad driver when the mouse is not connected?


    I disabled mine in Control Panel.


  10. #10
    Ext User(p-0''0-h the cat (ES)) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:04:32 -0400, richard <noreply@example.com> wrote:

    >On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:04:19 -0500, CRNG wrote:
    >
    >> On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:45:22 -0400, richard <noreply@example.com>
    >> wrote in <1cthe9k9g7n6q$.jodn5z4u7ocs$.dlg@40tude.net> Re Re: Is there
    >> freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is
    >> connected?:
    >>
    >>>I hate that too. But luckily, most laptops have a way of turning the pad
    >>>off if you want.
    >>>if you have a [fn] key you should try pressing that and try each of the top
    >>>bar functin keys until you fins the one that turns off the pad.
    >>>Or check your control panel mouse settings.

    >>
    >> That's the worst advice I've seen in a long time: pushing buttons
    >> whose function you do not know, to find out what their function is.
    >> Man, that is dumb.

    >
    >So like you noght this fancy, expensive gadget and it basically has no
    >manual to read. Whatchya gonna do? Use it as a doorstop?
    >My desktop keyboard has a bunches of buttons marked with varius symbols on
    >them, I don't know what they are for. But maybe I'll find out if I press
    >them.
    >I doubt seriously if the machine's gonna blow up if you do.


    Don't press the one with the little chair on it.


    h

  11. #11
    Ext User(Don McC) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    "Danny D." <dannyd@nowhere.com> queries:

    > Is there freeware available that will simply TURN OFF
    > the touchpad when a USB mouse is connected?


    Depends upon the computer and the manufacturer. Some include
    the ability to automatically disable the touchpad when an external
    mouse is attached. Or you can download a third party program to
    do the same. Or you can disable the touchpad driver. These
    options are explained in this youtube video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDxmy0Mi2Hc

    --
    Don

    Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are much more pliable.
    ~ Mark Twain



  12. #12
    Ext User(J. P. Gilliver (John)) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    In message <Y4NXt.50148$mg6.36679@fx35.am4>, choro <choro@tvco.net>
    writes:
    >On 10/09/2013 21:54, NY wrote:
    >> "nemesis" wrote in message
    >> news:ue6yhgkafvcc$.pwz821mizlw9.dlg@40tude.net...
    >>
    >> On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:33:14 +0000 (UTC), Danny D. wrote:
    >>
    >>> > I guess if not, then is there a SIMPLE way to disable the TOUCHPAD >
    >>> driver when the mouse is attached; and then a simple way to re-enable
    >>> > that touchpad driver when the mouse is not connected?

    >>
    >>> You can meddle with the settings through "Control Panel -- Mouse".
    >>> I turn the pad clicks off.

    >>
    >> I turn "tapping" off because that is the spawn of the devil. A mousepad

    []
    >Oh, no, you don't. I have set my mouse so I can move from one side of
    >the screen to the other just by wrist movement alone. And it still
    >allows me fine movement when needed. But if you are ham fisted, of
    >course you will argue the opposite.
    >>
    >> Tapping attempts to merge mouse movement and clicking, which you don't
    >> do with a normal mouse, so why should people expect to do it with a
    >> touch pad.


    You're both too prescriptive! People should - and do! - do what they
    like.

    Though having said that: NY (New Yorker?), use of a touchpad comes with
    experience (which you'll never get if you turn it off); I thought I'd
    never get on with them at first, but now do. For many tasks they're
    _slightly_ inferior to a real mouse, but I accept that for the
    convenience of using a machine without a dangling mouse and the need for
    somewhere to put the latter (I'm typing this in bed for example); for a
    few things, they're actually better. (Ditto trackballs.)
    >>
    >> The other thing I always turn on with any PC I use (if some misguided
    >> person has turned it off) is display of the task bar. It's so


    As do I, but see above!
    []
    >No it ain't! The taskbar SHOULD be hidden unless you want to use it.

    See above again!
    []
    >monitor accessible and visible at all times. With today's wide screens
    >the only time you need the full width is when watching 16:9 videos.
    >

    Agreed: fashion has dictated a reduction in functionality. But we're not
    going to get 4:3 back in any laptop any time soon, so there's no point
    hoping. (And at least it has meant that half-usable keyboards - i. e.
    with a numpad - are now common [though still not universal!] even on
    so-called 15" models.)
    >>
    >> But tastes vary: my wife likes tapping on and taskbar off. We're like
    >> Jack Spratt and his wife!


    Accounts do not record, however, whether Jack Spratt (or, for equality,
    his wife!) tried to impose his preferences on his spouse (-:! (Actually
    IIRR it was presented as a useful complement that used resources
    efficiently.)
    --
    J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)Ar@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf

    "What happens if I press this button?" "I wouldn't ..." (pinggg!) "Oh!" "What
    happened?" "A sign lit up, saying `please do not press this button
    again'!"(s1f2)

  13. #13
    Ext User(J. P. Gilliver (John)) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    In message <ldxvgk0tnsb4.1qn44akqcco7f$.dlg@40tude.net>, richard
    <noreply@example.com> writes:
    >On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:04:19 -0500, CRNG wrote:
    >
    >> On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:45:22 -0400, richard <noreply@example.com>
    >> wrote in <1cthe9k9g7n6q$.jodn5z4u7ocs$.dlg@40tude.net> Re Re: Is there
    >> freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is
    >> connected?:
    >>
    >>>I hate that too. But luckily, most laptops have a way of turning the pad
    >>>off if you want.


    That _is_ probably the simplest answer to the original question (though
    if you _do_ find some freeware that turns off the 'pad when an external
    mouse is present [and back when it isn't], please share, as clearly many
    would like it [I still use the 'pad for some things even with a mouse]).

    >>>if you have a [fn] key you should try pressing that and try each of the top
    >>>bar functin keys until you fins the one that turns off the pad.
    >>>Or check your control panel mouse settings.

    >>
    >> That's the worst advice I've seen in a long time: pushing buttons
    >> whose function you do not know, to find out what their function is.
    >> Man, that is dumb.


    Well, some compromise between the two.
    >
    >So like you noght this fancy, expensive gadget and it basically has no
    >manual to read. Whatchya gonna do? Use it as a doorstop?
    >My desktop keyboard has a bunches of buttons marked with varius symbols on
    >them, I don't know what they are for. But maybe I'll find out if I press
    >them.
    >I doubt seriously if the machine's gonna blow up if you do.


    No, but something undesirable may happen: the most likely I think, since
    it's often such a function on laptops, is the turning off of the
    wireless. On this (Samsung LC20), a graphic pops up in the middle of the
    screen for a second or two telling you what you've just achieved with a
    Fn+F keystroke, but not all machines do that. (Another unexpected might
    be to switch the monitor off as you've switched the output to external
    monitor, though _some_ won't let you do that if there isn't one
    connected. If you _do_ [i. e. the screen goes blank], the same
    combination again usually restores it [often cycling around three
    combinations - internal monitor only, external only, both, not
    necessarily in that order].)
    --
    J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)Ar@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf

    "What happens if I press this button?" "I wouldn't ..." (pinggg!) "Oh!" "What
    happened?" "A sign lit up, saying `please do not press this button
    again'!"(s1f2)

  14. #14
    Ext User(richard) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    On Wed, 11 Sep 2013 08:13:10 +0100, J. P. Gilliver (John) wrote:

    > In message <ldxvgk0tnsb4.1qn44akqcco7f$.dlg@40tude.net>, richard
    > <noreply@example.com> writes:
    >>On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:04:19 -0500, CRNG wrote:
    >>
    >>> On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:45:22 -0400, richard <noreply@example.com>
    >>> wrote in <1cthe9k9g7n6q$.jodn5z4u7ocs$.dlg@40tude.net> Re Re: Is there
    >>> freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is
    >>> connected?:
    >>>
    >>>>I hate that too. But luckily, most laptops have a way of turning the pad
    >>>>off if you want.

    >
    > That _is_ probably the simplest answer to the original question (though
    > if you _do_ find some freeware that turns off the 'pad when an external
    > mouse is present [and back when it isn't], please share, as clearly many
    > would like it [I still use the 'pad for some things even with a mouse]).
    >
    >>>>if you have a [fn] key you should try pressing that and try each of the top
    >>>>bar functin keys until you fins the one that turns off the pad.
    >>>>Or check your control panel mouse settings.
    >>>
    >>> That's the worst advice I've seen in a long time: pushing buttons
    >>> whose function you do not know, to find out what their function is.
    >>> Man, that is dumb.

    >
    > Well, some compromise between the two.
    >>
    >>So like you noght this fancy, expensive gadget and it basically has no
    >>manual to read. Whatchya gonna do? Use it as a doorstop?
    >>My desktop keyboard has a bunches of buttons marked with varius symbols on
    >>them, I don't know what they are for. But maybe I'll find out if I press
    >>them.
    >>I doubt seriously if the machine's gonna blow up if you do.

    >
    > No, but something undesirable may happen: the most likely I think, since
    > it's often such a function on laptops, is the turning off of the
    > wireless. On this (Samsung LC20), a graphic pops up in the middle of the
    > screen for a second or two telling you what you've just achieved with a
    > Fn+F keystroke, but not all machines do that. (Another unexpected might
    > be to switch the monitor off as you've switched the output to external
    > monitor, though _some_ won't let you do that if there isn't one
    > connected. If you _do_ [i. e. the screen goes blank], the same
    > combination again usually restores it [often cycling around three
    > combinations - internal monitor only, external only, both, not
    > necessarily in that order].)


    I believe the movie was "Hangar 18".
    In which during a space mission, the two astronauts vehicle collides with a
    UFO. Said UFO being captured and kept hidden. During the course of their
    reverse engingeering, somebody acidentally presses a button and a laser
    beam shoots out.
    "The man is right. How the hell are we gonna learn anything about this
    thing unless we start pressing buttons?"

  15. #15
    Ext User(Evan Platt) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:04:32 -0400, richard <noreply@example.com>
    wrote:

    >So like you noght this fancy, expensive gadget and it basically has no
    >manual to read.


    A laptop with no manual? I doubt it.

    >Whatchya gonna do? Use it as a doorstop?


    If you're richard bullis, yes. Anyone else who has a clue can use it
    as a laptop.

    >My desktop keyboard has a bunches of buttons marked with varius symbols on
    >them, I don't know what they are for.


    Most of them should be pretty obvious. If you can't figure out what
    they do, then you should be in this group asking questions, not
    providing answers.

    >But maybe I'll find out if I press them.


    Or maybe RTFM.

    >I doubt seriously if the machine's gonna blow up if you do.


    If only that happened to your computer....
    --
    To reply via e-mail, remove The Obvious and .invalid from my e-mail address.

  16. #16
    Ext User(Evan Platt) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:04:19 -0500, CRNG <noemail@atthisdomain.gov>
    wrote:

    >That's the worst advice I've seen in a long time: pushing buttons
    >whose function you do not know, to find out what their function is.
    >Man, that is dumb.


    Allow me to introduce you to richard...
    --
    To reply via e-mail, remove The Obvious and .invalid from my e-mail address.

  17. #17
    Ext User(Jon Danniken) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USBmouse is connected?

    On 09/10/2013 03:31 PM, choro wrote:
    >
    > No it ain't! The taskbar SHOULD be hidden unless you want to use it.
    > What is the point of having all that space if you cannot use it or if it
    > hides a good proportion of whatever it is you have up and running.


    I like to keep the taskbar visible as a reference to what I have open.

    > Besides in Windows 8 you have the option of displaying the taskbar on
    > the LHS of the screen which is what I do leaving the full height of the
    > monitor accessible and visible at all times. With today's wide screens
    > the only time you need the full width is when watching 16:9 videos.


    The ability to move the taskbar has been present since Win95; bottom,
    top, left, or right.

    Jon

  18. #18
    Ext User(Gene Wirchenko) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:31:18 +0100, choro <choro@tvco.net> wrote:

    [snip]

    >No it ain't! The taskbar SHOULD be hidden unless you want to use it.


    It is a matter of preference.

    I switch frequently between programs. For me, it is much more
    convenient to have the taskbar always displayed.

    [snip]

    sincerely,

    Gene Wirchenko

  19. #19
    Ext User(Ken Blake) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USB mouse is connected?

    On Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:53:52 -0700, Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>
    wrote:

    > On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:31:18 +0100, choro <choro@tvco.net> wrote:
    >
    > [snip]
    >
    > >No it ain't! The taskbar SHOULD be hidden unless you want to use it.

    >
    > It is a matter of preference.



    Ditto! Just because one person prefers it to be hidden doesn't mean we
    all should. Such "SHOULD be"s are almost always bad advice.

    > I switch frequently between programs. For me, it is much more
    > convenient to have the taskbar always displayed.



    Same here.


  20. #20
    Ext User(choro) Guest

    Re: Is there freeware to turn OFF the sensitive TOUCHPAD when a USBmouse is connected?

    On 11/09/2013 20:35, Ken Blake wrote:
    > On Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:53:52 -0700, Gene Wirchenko <genew@telus.net>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> On Tue, 10 Sep 2013 23:31:18 +0100, choro <choro@tvco.net> wrote:
    >>
    >> [snip]
    >>
    >>> No it ain't! The taskbar SHOULD be hidden unless you want to use it.

    >>
    >> It is a matter of preference.

    >
    >
    > Ditto! Just because one person prefers it to be hidden doesn't mean we
    > all should. Such "SHOULD be"s are almost always bad advice.
    >
    >> I switch frequently between programs. For me, it is much more
    >> convenient to have the taskbar always displayed.

    >
    >
    > Same here.


    Sir, I have a good reason to justify why the taskbar should be hidden.
    That way you have a bigger estate available to view birds!--
    choro
    *****

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