Although I never use the touchpad on my laptop - much preferring to use the conventional mouse, there are times when typing at speed, the slightest touch on the pad causes the cursor to jump, therefore incorrectly redirecting the typing location point. This can be very annoying especially as the touchpad function will never be required. My question - is it possible to disable this function? Is there a driver that can easily be uninstalled? Surely there must be thousands of users that still prefer the mouse.
As VoG™ indicates, usually there is an Fn + "?" key combination which will temporarily disable the touch-pad. On my Advent 4211 netbook the key combination is "Fn + F3".
Also, you may find an icon for the touch-pad in the system tray. Mine looks like a touch-pad and when I right click on it I can select "Pointing Device Properties". Selecting the Device Settings Tab allows me to adjust how the touch-pad operates. This setting is also available from the control panel, mouse option under Windows XP.
Thanks for all responses. Thought it was probably just a driver to uninstall. Did not realize that the keyboard might do the trick. In fact trying various Fn combinations has not worked anyway. So as pointed out by Sea Urchin the make and model should have been stated. I have an Asus X70L running XP and my friend (who has the same problem) has an Inspiron 1750 running Windows 7. Any help appreciated.