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Disable touchpad on Vostro 1710

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I would like to know how to disable the touchpad on the Vostro 1710 running Vista Business.

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  • Welcome to the forums Yes



    Is the 'Dell Touchpad' tab not showing in your Control Panel --> Mouse properties?

    If not... go the the 'Drivers & Downloads' page on the Dell website (linked to at the bottom of this page - under 'Support'), and download/install the touchpad drivers.


    Once the drivers are installed, open Control Panel --> Mouse --> Dell Touchpad.
    Click on the large screen with an arrow, which will open the touchpad configuration window.
    Click on 'Device Select', and right at the bottom is a box which you can tick to 'Disable Touchpad/Pointing Stick when a USB mouse is connected.
    As soon as you tick that option, a message will pop up in the taskbar, confirming your selection.

    You can make doubly sure however, by also choosing 'Disable' under the Touchpad' heading in the same window.

    Be sure to click 'Apply' once you've made your selections.

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  • Hello there

    Most people do not know that most laptop mouse pads are controlled by the software synaptics. That is the first step now we need to find the drivers, I am not aware of any previous drivers for the mouse being installed, by default even on a clean boot (meaning everything is new)  there would be generic drivers installed along with the operating system. search.dell.com/results.aspx?s=bsd&c=us&l=en&cs=04&k=dell vostro 1710&cat=sup here is a list of vostro drivers for your laptop model this is another website that might help it has images which should be easier to follow. Basically

    go to control panel -> mouse

    mouse -> Dell touchpad

    Dell touchpad -> Device select

    Device select -> disable button

    this information is coming off my vostro 1200 that I recently had to work on. I understand how much of a problem this is for most people I have to manage this problem more then most so I am sure this will work for you