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    How to disable trackpad?

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    How to disable trackpad?
    Hi,

    I'm just wondering... How do I disable trackpad if I have a mouse connected to the MacBook?

    This is driving me crazy and I can't type one sentence properly without the trackpad picking up some accidental input from my palms while I'm typing.

    Btw, the "Ignore accidental trackpad input" option in settings doesn't work for me at all.

    FYI, while typing the three sentences above, the trackpad picked up accidental input from my palms 5 times... Meaning, typing a 3-5 page report on my Macbook will literally drive me crazy!

    *EDIT*: I just realized I can disable clicking on my trackpad... Certainly reduced the frequency of accidental inputs but apparently I still accidentally touch the clicking thing at the bottom of my trackpad as well while I'm typing...

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    How to disable trackpad?
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    Maybe better hand position while typing. Im not the fastest or the most accurate, but ive learnt with this being my first, portable to type in a way that i dont touch the trackpad anymore ....
    The things we do lol
    I had to employ a completely different typing posture but i seem to be typing in a more fluid action with the change

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    How to disable trackpad?

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    According to Mac Help, selecting "Ignore accidental trackpad input” should make the computer ignore the trackpad while I type, and I certainly didn't have this problem with the past...

    I do notice that this issue only really started after switching over from a normal mouse to a Magic Mouse... Could that be the problem?

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    How to disable trackpad?
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    It might well be. Have you got all the latest updates ??

    I presume you are running SL ??

    10.6.2 combo update
    Dont forget to use the Reputation System if someone has helped you out !!!
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    How to disable trackpad?

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    Yes, I'm running SL but it's up to date...

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    How to disable trackpad?
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    It got moved to Universal Access. Strange, but there it is:

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    How to disable trackpad?

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    Thanks mate, that was exactly what I needed...

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    How to disable trackpad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    It got moved to Universal Access. Strange, but there it is:
    Wow. I been using my uMBP since last Aug and have been looking for this function since I bought the machine. Even threads on this subject have failed to come up with this new, hidden location. I never use the trackpad and was always inadvertently moving the cursor while typing which was infuriating. Thanks so much for coming up with the answer chas.

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    How to disable trackpad?
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    Very glad to help!

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    How to disable trackpad?

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    Oh my gosh THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! my Macbook was driving me crazy for ages and I simply could not find this... hope it works now - so far, so very good!
    you are an angel to me!

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    How to disable trackpad?
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    Yay! I r useful!

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    How to disable trackpad?

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