How to Disable Trackpad on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of accidentally moving your cursor while typing on your Mac? Do you prefer using a mouse or an external trackpad?

If so, you might want to consider disabling the trackpad on your Mac. In this tutorial, we will show you how to disable the trackpad on your Mac using a few simple steps.

Step 1: Open System Preferences

The first step is to open the System Preferences on your Mac. To do this, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and then select “System Preferences” from the drop-down menu. Alternatively, you can also use the shortcut by pressing Command + Space and typing “System Preferences” in the Spotlight search.

Step 2: Click on “Trackpad”

Once you have opened the System Preferences, look for the “Trackpad” icon and click on it. The Trackpad settings panel will now appear.

Step 3: Disable Trackpad

In the Trackpad settings panel, you will see various options to customize your trackpad behavior. To disable the trackpad completely, uncheck the box next to “Enable Trackpad”.

  • Note: Disabling the trackpad will not affect any external pointing devices that are connected to your Mac.
  • Note: If you have a MacBook with a Force Touch trackpad, you might see additional options such as “Force Click and haptic feedback”. These options can be customized according to your preferences but do not affect disabling the trackpad.

Step 4: Apply Changes

After disabling the trackpad, make sure to click on the red close button at the top-left corner of the Trackpad settings panel to save your changes. Alternatively, you can also press Command + W to close the panel.

Step 5: Test the Disabled Trackpad

To confirm that the trackpad is disabled, try moving your fingers across the trackpad surface. You should notice that the cursor does not move as it did before.

Enabling Trackpad

If you ever want to enable the trackpad again, simply follow steps 1 and 2 to open the Trackpad settings panel and then check the box next to “Enable Trackpad”. Remember to apply the changes by clicking on the close button or pressing Command + W.

That’s it! Now you know how to disable and enable the trackpad on your Mac. This simple customization can greatly improve your typing experience if you prefer using an external pointing device.

Note: If you have a MacBook with a built-in trackpad, disabling it might be helpful when using an external mouse or trackpad for extended periods of time.

Note: Keep in mind that these instructions may vary slightly depending on your macOS version. However, the overall process remains similar across different versions.

We hope this tutorial was helpful in showing you how to disable and enable the trackpad on your Mac. Happy typing!

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