Friday, 28 July 2017

How to Disable a MacBook’s Built-In TrackPad When Using a Mouse or Wireless Trackpad


For me this became a requirement as my trackpad started malfunctioning. But it can be a useful feature as well. When we connect a mouse we would not want trackpad to work. For eg. lets say you are playing counter strike with a mouse you definitely don't want trackpad to change your aim in game. So it would be better if you disable in build trackpad while mouse is connected. In this post I will show you how you can do this.

Disable Trackpad in OS X Lion and Above

For this you need to go to -
  • System Preferences > Accessibility > Mouse & Trackpad
Here you will find a checkbox saying "Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present". Click it and make sure you have checked it. Setting should take effect immediately.

Disable Trackpad in OS X Snow Leopard

Setting is the same here too. It's just at different path. So head to 
  • System Preferences > Universal Access > Mouse & Trackpad
Here again you will find the same checkbox. Check it and you should be good to go.

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