by November 8, 2012 0 comments

Are you tearing your hair every time you accidentally swipe your laptop’s touchpad while typing? It’s absolutely maddening because it completely kills your typing speed if you’re a fast typist like me. Not only that, but cursor hopping like this can do much more worse things like open or close an application accidentally. Or, it move the cursor to some other location in the document while you’re typing.

In many laptops, there’s a provision to disable the touchpad from the control panel, or some even have a dedicated button on the keyboard to do that. This can also be a problem because most users use the mouse and keyboard while working, and they don’t want to continue the enabling/disabling act.

I said good bye to the cursor hopping problem on my laptop using a free utility called Touchpad Blocker. I downloaded it from CNet’s website (, and the utility simply disables the touchpad if it doesn’t find it being used for 0.5 seconds. You can of course customize this time if you want to. Once installed, it quietly runs in the background and is accessible from the System Tray. Moreover, every time you accidentally tap your touchpad, it lets you know by playing a ‘ping’ sound.

Moreover, you don’t end up having to enable/disable your touchpad because it only gets disabled as you type. Otherwise, you can use it as you normally would.  

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