Disabling your laptop keyboard can sometimes be useful. Here’s how to do it the best way.
Recently, did your laptop take a little tumble, and now the keys aren’t working quite right? You may have spilled a sugary drink on your keyboard, and now all the keys stick together.
Laptops with non-functional keyboards can be fixed with a simple USB accessory keyboard (or even a Bluetooth keyboard for cord-haters).
The use of an accessory keyboard will solve your key problem, but you might want to disable your laptop’s original keyboard, especially if it is causing unpredictable typing.
We will show you how to disable your laptop’s native keyboard so that you can use a new one without worrying. We will discuss two methods; one is temporary, and the other is permanent (until you change it back).
Method 1: Disable Your Laptop Keyboard Temporarily:
You need to uninstall the drivers for your laptop keyboard in the Device Manager to disable it until you restart your computer. Since your computer will automatically reinstall these drivers the next time you reboot it, this isn’t a permanent solution.
This is an easy and quick method, however, if you’re looking for a short-term fix, or you don’t mind doing it every time you reboot your laptop.
Start your computer by typing “device manager” into the start menu, and select Device Manager when it appears. Click the Keyboards drop-down menu, then select the keyboard you wish to disable. (You may have to search a little to find the keyboard you want to turn off.)
Choose Uninstall device from the right-click menu of the keyboard you want to disable. You can also choose Disable if that is an option for the device.
You will be prompted to confirm you want to uninstall this device several times. Accept all of them, but do not restart your computer if you are asked to. If you restart your laptop with this method, the keyboard will be reactivated!
Method 2: Disable Your Laptop Keyboard Permanently:
You will not be able to use your laptop keyboard until you update its drivers again. It involves tricking your computer into using a different keyboard driver instead of the correct one.
This method won’t automatically reinstall the keyboard’s drivers when your computer restarts, but since the wrong drivers are installed, the keyboard won’t work.
Since some laptops share a driver with the trackpad, this method can also cause issues with the trackpad on some laptops. If this happens with your laptop, make sure you have a USB mouse or trackpad handy.
As with the previous method, you will need to navigate back to the Device Manager. Select Update driver for the keyboard you want to disable. Next, select Browse my computer for driver software.
Then select the option that says Let me choose a driver from a list on my computer.
Uncheck the Show compatible hardware box. Last but not least, select a driver that isn’t meant for your laptop’s keyboard. Follow the prompts until the incorrect driver has been installed.
When prompted, restart your computer this time. The keyboard will not work after the restart.
In the event that you want your keyboard to work again, navigate back to the Device Manager and let Windows update the drivers automatically. You can now use your new, functional keyboard instead of your old one!