Is it possible to disable my laptop's touchpad?

I’m using a Dell Inspiron 8600 and am wondering if it’s possible to disable the touchpad whenever I have a mouse plugged in (which is almost always).

When I’m typing, my palm will often brush on the touchpad causing the cursor to jump. Most annoying.

Can this be done? How?


I have a Dell Latitude, and on the system tray there is a little icon for the touch pad. Double clicking on that brings up a menu of items. One of the tabs is “Device Select” with which you can actually disable the touch pad and use the mouse stick (the thing between the G and H keys). It’s not a very precise solution, but if you almost have your mouse plugged in, it should help.

I thought there was a specific “Disable Touch Pad when Mouse is Present” option, but I can’t seem to find it.

From your manual (pdf file)

Incidentally the “Mouse” menu on the Control Panel brings up this same menu.

Terrific! Thanks!