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Disabling or Enabling the Touchpad Using the Hot Key



This article provides information on how to use the Touchpad disable/enable hot key on your computer to disable or enable the Touchpad on your computer.


There are three hot keys (keys that provide an action for you) used on Dell™ computers that disable or enable the Touchpad, compare the keys shown in Table 1 to determine which one your computer uses and follow the instructions to disable or enable the Touchpad.
(For specific information locate your computer model in Table 2).

If your model is not listed, please simply refer to Table 1 - selecting the option which matches your keyboard type.  The instructions can therefore be followed as detailed.

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 a 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
 Press and hold the < Fn > key then press the < F3 > key. 

 Press the < F6 > key.
 
 Press the Touchpad Disable/Enable key,
 (the key is located to the right of the < F12 > key).

Table 1: 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: 10/16/2014 08:06 AM


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