Jan 28, 2010

Disable Your Touchpad As You Type

I love my netbook. I have blogged about it here and there since I received it. It is small, ultra portable, and very convenient for an IT guy on the go.

The drawback to netbooks, as most people would agree, is that they are really small and typing on them sometimes is hard to get used to. On my Dell Mini 9, the keyboard is so damn small that I often find myself accidentally grazing the touchpad mouse when I mean to hit the space bar, then I end up typing where I didn’t mean to. Talk about annoying!

Well it turns out I don’t have to put up with it any more. There are a couple of free tools, one for Windows and one for Linux, that allow you to disable the touchpad as you type! Epic win!

Both tools are named the same, but as far as I know are written by two different groups. Both are called TouchFreeze. You can download them here:

I haven’t tried the Linux version yet, but the Windows version is pretty cool. Just install and forget about it. It automatically adds itself your your startup folder so it activates when you boot up. No muss, no fuss.

Know of a similar tool for Mac? Since we have Linux and Windows covered, I want to make sure you Mac fans have an option too. If you know of a Mac version, let us know in the comments.

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