View Full Version : How do I disable touchpad in new MacBook

5th November 2008, 08:05 AM
On the "old"15" MacBook Pro (my kid has one purchased earlier this year) there is an option in preferences to disable the touchpad whenever the mouse is connected. However, I have not been able to find this option on the new 15" MacBook Pro I bought for myself recently or indeed any way to disable the touchpad. When I am using my notebook at home I use a mouse most of the time and also run into problems when typing and a finger brushes the touchpad and causes the cursor to move (frustrating). Maybe I am overlooking something; would appreciate any help since I am a new Mac user and still getting accustomed to the OS. One other thing, is there a utility for a Mac similar to CCleaner which deletes all cookies, temp files, copied text, etc from the computer (also has the option to overwrite files up to 7 times)? Thanks very much in advance for any suggestions or assistance.

5th November 2008, 09:07 AM
Isn't this the setting?


I'm on a macbook (Not pro) but I thought this was an OS setting more than a hardware one.

5th November 2008, 09:32 AM
The new Macbooks (+Pro) comes shipped with a different version of OSX, so the setting may be missing from this version of the preference pane.

5th November 2008, 09:47 AM
The new Macbooks (+Pro) comes shipped with a different version of OSX, .

What version does it come with if not 10.5.5 ??

5th November 2008, 09:56 AM
it's just a slightly newer build of 10.5.5 to support the new hardware

5th November 2008, 10:07 AM
You mean, can it tap? Yes, it can tap.

Screenshot of the new Trackpad System Preference:


When you hover over the new gestures, the video will play demonstrating how you would do it. :)

Edit: in this (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/29/59887-i-got-my-macbook-d-2.html) thread

First response: "You are so in trouble! I just knew you were going to get one, even when you said you weren't."

I'm off the hook now, I think. :o

MacBook build number (10.5.5 out of the box):


6th November 2008, 05:02 PM
I met the same problem.
I just want to enable it. Because I move the old HD in my old macbook to this new one. and reinstalled the system without erasing data.
So the previous setting, which disabled trackpad, can not be enabled now...
Anyway, maybe you can do the similar thing. But OMG, it's so complicated. so why not just waiting for the update from Apple...

7th November 2008, 04:24 PM
Here comes the solution.

Apple - Support - Discussions - How to disable touchpad on new MacBook ... (http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=8398449&#8398449)

From: brian_b

defaults write -g com.apple.mouse.ignoreTrackpadIfMousePresent 0

Would be the terminal command

Alan Stolier
29th January 2009, 01:52 PM
I have operating system 10.5.6. I called tech services at apple and the particular person I spoke with had no idea that the problem existed nor did anyone on duty that day. He said he would check with the "higher-ups" and call me back. Two days later he did call back and noted that there were in fact no current solutions. they are at least now clearly aware of the problem and also know that there are a fair number of unhappy customers.