Disable the TouchPad on an HP laptop by pressing the button next to it or by turning off the sensors in the computer's device properties settings. The on/off button is usually shaped like a long, narrow rectangle, and it is located just above the TouchPad.
Not all HP laptops feature a button to enable and disable the TouchPad. When none exists, disable it through the operating system.
Step 1: Access the Mouse Properties dialog window
If there is no button to disable the TouchPad, access the device settings to disable it from the operating system. Click on the "Start" button on Windows 7 or click on the "Search" feature in Windows 8. Type "mouse" into the search bar and click on the "Search" icon. Select "Mouse Properties" from the list of results to access the proper dialog window.
Step 2: Disable the TouchPad
Click the "Device Properties" tab on the far right of the dialog window. Select "TouchPad" from the list of devices, and then click the "Disable" button below it.
Step 3: Disable the gestures feature
On HP laptops that read gestures as well as taps, there is an option to disable gestures only or the entire TouchPad. In the Windows tray, right-click the gestures icon, and then select "Disable" from the list to disable gestures.