Turning off the trackpad

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by flanamac, Feb 6, 2009.

  1. flanamac macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2009
    #1
    If I am using an external mouse connected via USB to my external keyboard plugged into my MBP, how do I disable the track pad in case, I have to move my hand over the track pad to reach something and don't want that movement to register via the trackpad.

    Basically, I have seen some PCs that can lock the trackpad in the case of doing a lot of typing where your arms often move over the trackpad area.

    I searched on the forum for something addressing this, but nothing so far.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

    SilentPanda

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2002
    Location:
    The Bamboo Forest
    #2
    In system preferences it'll either be under "Mouse and Keyboard" or "Trackpad". I believe the option is under "Trackpad". There you can tell it to disable the trackpad when a mouse is connected.
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Location:
    NYC
    #3
    This option is not available on Penryn-powered computers.
     
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2007
    #4
    That would be cool though. My HP Does that . My 400 dollar hp does that :(.
     
  5. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

    UltraNEO*

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2007
    Location:
    近畿日本
    #5
    Really? This image taken on my Penryn 17"
    See the very bottom of the image....
     

    Attached Files:

  6. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Location:
    NYC
    #6
    Well mine didn't have the option...

    Nor does my current machine:
    Picture 1.png
     
  7. rdowns macrumors Penryn

    rdowns

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2003
    #7
    The option to turn off trackpad was removed with the introduction of the aluminum lappy's.
     
  8. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

    UltraNEO*

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2007
    Location:
    近畿日本
    #8
    Take it you've upgraded to 10.5.6? Cause that's missing a few features plus it's a little unstable with some applications i'm running... TBH, Dunno why they've removed it, doesn't make the system any less stable.

    Oh the wonders of Apple... :rolleyes:
     
  9. flanamac thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2009
    #9
    Sorry, I should have indicated that I am getting the new Jan 09 17" MBP that is shipping soon.

    Although no one can for sure state this will have the option, I was curious if those with a 17" MBP late 2008 could turn it off.
     
  10. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

    UltraNEO*

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2007
    Location:
    近畿日本
    #10
    My screen shot is taken from a MBP 17" late 2008. Though I am a bit weary.. I think it has more todo with which version of the OS you're running, than the machine itself.. I'm just installing 10.5.6 on my older MBP15.

    Plz bare with me a second, allow me to confirm :D

    Well.. I can't be sure, looks like it's hardware based.. but on the MBP17 it's there!
    Along with the user exchangeable battery and adorable keyboard!
     

Share This Page