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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, a 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 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. If there are no Touchpad Drivers listed, then no Dell drivers are available for 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 an 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 an 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 stokes 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 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
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: 01/20/2015 10:06 AM


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