Dell gives me two solutions to disable the touchpad. One is through the
mouse page, but it has no reference to touchpad. The other is through Fn + F6
(the function key). Neither solution works on my Inspiron 1720 upgraded to
Windows 7 from Windows Vista. Any solutions you can recommend, please?
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Turn off the mouse pad
Unfortunately not. The ability to turn off the touchpad is a fundamental
function of the drivers that are installed for that device. Those drivers
expose the ability, or the functionality, in the Control Panel; in other words, on the mouse page in Control Panel that you’ve already looked at.
If that page doesn’t show you the track pad as something that can be
disabled, then I don’t know of a way to make it happen.
Check your drivers
What I would suggest you do is make sure that you’ve got the correct device
drivers installed for your mouse and track pad. Beyond that, assuming you’ve
got the latest and that functionality is still not exposed, then I’m afraid I
simply don’t know of a way to disable the touchpad.
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