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How to disable the built-in trackpad when the mouse or external Trackpad is connected to the MacBook



The built-in trackpad on the MacBook and MacBook Pro functions as the main input method for Apple laptops but if you generally use an external mouse or external trackpad, you may occasionally find that the built-in trackpad receives data you would like to ignore. With a simple setup setting you can do just that, ignoring any input from the built-in trackpad when connecting a mouse or trackpad on Mac.

How to disable the built-in trackpad when the external mouse / Trackpad is connected to the MacBook


This applies to any MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. The Mac without a built-in trackpad does not have this feature.
  • From the Apple main menu go to "System Preferences" and then choose "Accessibility"
  • Select "Mouse and Trackpad" in the interaction section on the left
  • Check the box next to "Ignore the built-in trackpad when the mouse or wireless trackpad is present"


Close the System Preferences panel

The changes take effect immediately, any external mouse connected either via Bluetooth or USB will now cause the internal trackpad of a MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro to be ignored while these external devices are connected and in use.

This can be a great feature for many users, but particularly for Mac owners who do not use the internal trackpad when an external device is connected.

Apart from the obvious uses of this feature, sometimes it can also work as a reasonable troubleshooting if you find that you can not click due to interference between two different input devices.

If you have enabled this function and find it not useful, just deactivate it again through the same settings by deselecting the "Ignore built-in trackpad" option.
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