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The first suggestion is to make sure that you've got the correct device drivers installed for your mouse and track pad.
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?
In this excerpt from Answercast #54, I look at an upgraded computer that is having difficulties disabling the touchpad. An updated mousepad driver is the first (and maybe last) place to look.
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.
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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