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Disabling or enabling the touchpad on a Dell notebook



This article provides information on the options to disable or enable the touchpad.


Note: Some Dell Inspiron and XPS notebooks sold in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 have a hot key (keys that provide an action for you) that disables or enables the touchpad. This is a physical key on the keyboard. To see if your Inspiron or XPS notebook sold in that time frame has a hot key, please refer to the Hot Key section below.

Depending on the manufacture and software version of the drivers and software for your touchpad, an option to disable or enable the touchpad may be available.

From the list of operating systems shown below, locate the one installed on your computer and follow the instructions.

Note: Make sure the latest driver for the touchpad is installed (you may need to use an external USB or Bluetooth mouse). For more information, refer to:
How to Use the Drivers and Downloads Website
  • The touchpad drivers are located in the Mouse, Keyboard and Input Devices section. If there are no touchpad drivers listed, then no Dell drivers are available for the touchpad.
  • Windows 10 is installed:
    1. In the Search box, type touchpad.
    2. Touch or click Mouse & touchpad settings (System settings).
    3. Touch or click the Touchpad toggle to turn off or on the Touchpad.
      Note:
      1. When there is no Touchpad toggle look for Additional mouse options at the bottom of the page.
      2. Touch or click Additional mouse options.
      3. Locate the Touchpad or ClickPad tab, there will be a option to enable or disable the Touchpad.
  • Windows 8 is installed:
    1. Move the mouse cursor to the upper right corner of the screen until the Charms Bar appears.
    2. Select Settings.
    3. Select Change PC settings.
    4. Under PC settings, select PC and devices.
    5. Select Mouse and touchpad.
    6. Locate the Touchpad On/Off toggle switch to disable or enable the touchpad.
      Note: If you cannot find an Touchpad On/Off toggle option, the touchpad manufacture and software does not support this feature.

  • Windows 7 is installed:
    1. Click Start.
    2. Clink Control Panel.
    3. Click Hardware and Sound.
    4. Click Mouse.
    5. Click the Dell Touchpad tab.
    6. Click the link, Click to change Dell Touchpad settings.
    7. Locate the Touchpad On/Off option to disable or enable the touchpad.
      Note: Depending on the touchpad software version, the on/off option may be located in the Device Select section; it may be necessary to look in all the sections. If you cannot find a Touchpad On/Off option, the touchpad manufacture and software does not support this feature.

  • Windows Vista is installed:
    1. Click Start.
    2. Clink Control Panel.
    3. Click Mouse.
    4. Click the Dell Touchpad tab.
    5. Click the link, Click to change Dell Touchpad settings.
    6. Locate the Touchpad On/Off option to disable or enable the touchpad.
      Note: Depending on the Touchpad software version, the on/off option may be located in the Device Select section, it may be necessary to look in all the sections. If you cannot find an Touchpad On/Off option, the touchpad manufacture and software does not support this feature.

  • Windows XP is installed:
    1. Click Start.
    2. Clink Control Panel.
    3. Click Printers and Other Hardware.
    4. Click Mouse.
    5. Click the Dell Touchpad tab.
    6. Click the link, Click to change Dell Touchpad settings.
    7. Locate the Touchpad On/Off option to disable or enable the touchpad.
      Note: Depending on the touchpad software version, the on/off option may be located in the Device Select section; it may be necessary to look in all the sections. If you cannot find a Touchpad On/Off option, the touchpad manufacture and software does not support this feature.

Hot Key

On Some Dell Inspiron and XPS notebooks, there may be one of three hot keys that disable or enable the touchpad. Compare the keys shown in Table 1 to your keyboard to determine if your computer supports that feature and which key strokes your computer uses to disable or enable the touchpad. (For a specific list of computers that support this feature and which key stokes to use, refer to Table 2.)

Note: Make sure the latest driver for the touchpad is installed; the Disable/Enable Touchpad key needs the touchpad driver for it to be functional. (You may need to use an external USB or Bluetooth mouse.) For more information, refer to:
How to Use the Drivers and Downloads Website
  • The touchpad drivers are located in the Mouse, Keyboard and Input Devices section.
Keyboard Key Action
F3 Key Press and hold the Fn key, then press the F3 key.
F6 Key
Press the F6 key.
Disable Key Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key.
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)

Table 1: Types of Touchpad Hot Keys

Computer Key(s) Action
Inspiron 3521

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 3421

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 11z

F6

Press the F6 key.

Inspiron 1120

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key.
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron 1121

F6

Press the F6 key.

Inspiron 1122

F6

Press the F6 key.

Inspiron 1464

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron 1564

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key.
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron 1764

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron 3420

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 3520

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 5323

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 5420

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 5423

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 5425

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 5520

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 5525

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 5720

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 7420

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 7520

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron 7720

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron M101z

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron M102z

F6

Press the < F6 > key.

Inspiron M301Z

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron M4010

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron M4040

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron M4110

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron M411R

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron M501R

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron M5030

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron M5040

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron N3010

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron N311Z

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron N4010

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron N4020

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron N4030

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron N4050

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron N411z

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron N4110

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron N4120

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron N5010

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron N5030

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron N5040

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron N5050

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron N5110

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Inspiron N7010

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
Inspiron N7110

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

XPS L401X

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
XPS L501X

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
XPS L502X

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

XPS L701X

Key to the right of the F12 key

Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
(The key is located to the right of the F12 key.)
XPS L702X

Fn + F3

Press and hold the Fn
key, then press the F3 key.

Table 2: Computer Touchpad Hot Keys





Article ID: SLN114937

Last Date Modified: 07/30/2015 08:50 AM


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