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How to disable external keyboard on laptop?

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Answer # 1 #

Open the Device Manager by searching for it in the start menu or pressing the Windows key + R, typing “devmgmt.msc” into the Run dialog, and hitting Enter. Expand the “Keyboards” section of the list of devices. Right-click on your laptop's keyboard entry and select “Disable” from the context menu that appears.

Answer # 2 #

This guide will set out the steps to deactivate your keyboard on both Windows and Mac machines.

Laptops are quickly becoming the primary computing device for many people, as they offer a convenient way to stay connected and productive while on the go. A key feature that makes laptops so versatile is their built-in keyboard.

Unlike desktop computers, which require an external keyboard, laptops have their keyboards built right into the chassis. This allows you to travel easily and type comfortably for long periods without having to worry about connecting or disconnecting an external keyboard.

Sadly, however, built-in keyboards aren’t immune to damage. For example, if a key becomes worn or frayed, it can eventually break off, rendering it unusable. This can make typing difficult because you may have to switch to the on-screen keyboard whenever you need to type in that particular letter or symbol.

To avoid the hassle associated with a subpar built-in keyboard, you may prefer to switch to an external one. However, you’d need to disable the built-in keyboard to avoid registering accidental or unintentional strokes on your computer.

Let’s see how you can go about it on Windows and macOS

You can disable the keyboard on your Windows 11 laptop in three ways:

Windows 11, the latest and arguably the most exciting version of the Windows series, comes with a particularly useful setting for laptop users. You can turn off the built-in keyboard whenever you want with just a few taps:

Some laptop models may not have the “Disable” button but an “Uninstall device” option instead. You can select that option, and the result will be the same: your built-in keyboard will be turned off immediately. However, neither option is permanent. Your laptop will automatically reenable the keyboard as soon as you restart.

As such, you’ll have to return to the keyboard section on the Device Manager whenever you boot up.

If you don’t want the inconvenience of opening the Device Manager to disable the keyboard every time you turn on your laptop, don’t worry. You can disable the keyboard permanently using the Command Prompt.

Here are the steps:

Please note that for this to work, first, you need to disable the keyboard via the Device Manager, as discussed above. The command line executed stops Windows from automatically reenabling the keyboard when you restart your laptop.

If you ever want to reenable the keyboard in the future, you just need to run the Command Prompt app and enter the following command:

sc config i8042prt start= auto

Here’s an effective but unorthodox way to disable your keyboard. You can actually disable your laptop’s built-in keyboard by pairing it with the wrong driver. It’s probably an extreme way to do it, but it works, and reversing the changes you make isn’t too difficult.

Here’s how to pair your keyboard with an incompatible driver:

Once your laptop reboots, your keyboard won’t work. However, you can easily reenable it by following steps 1 through 4 above and then selecting “Search automatically for drivers” instead.

Whether you’re trying to protect your laptop from curious little hands or trying to prevent yourself from accidentally hitting the keys and creating typos, there are times when you might want to disable your laptop keyboard.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it on a Windows 10 PC.

Your keyboard will now be disabled; to enable it again, simply follow steps 1-4 and select “Enable” from the context menu in step 3 instead of “Disable.”

If desired, you can also use this same method to disable other devices like your mouse or trackpad. However, we don’t recommend doing so unless you have another input device available, as you won’t be able to use your computer without one.

If you’re using a MacBook, you can disable the built-in keyboard, albeit temporarily, in a couple of different ways. One is to use Mouse Keys in the Universal Access preference.

Here are the steps to do this:

With Mouse Keys enabled, your keyboard will be unresponsive to presses. However, this method may not work on macOS Big Sur and Monterey. So, what do you do if your Mac runs on either of these?

You can download a third-party keyboard utility app, such as Karabiner-Elements or KeyRemap4MacBook, which gives you more control over how your keys are mapped. For example, with KeyRemap4MacBook, you can remap modifier keys, such as Control, Option, and Command. You can also disable keys altogether or set them to perform different functions when tapped or held down.

When using either of these methods, you’ll need an external mouse or trackpad to navigate around the screen.

Mantra Prabha