How to Disable Trackpad on MacBook

If you are making use of an external mouse or a trackpad, and want to disable the trackpad on your Macbook Air/Pro model laptop, then you can follow the below steps.

  1. Click on the Apple Logo on the macOS Menu bar.
  2. Select System Settings... (System Preferences if using macOS earlier to Ventura or earlier)
  3. Now click on Accessibility for the sidebar.
  4. Select Pointer Control under Motor.
  5. Enable: "Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present"
    Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present
  6. Close Settings window.

Now when you make use of the trackpad, you will see that it will not work.

This is not an AI-generated article but is demonstrated by a human on an M1 Mac running macOS Sonoma 14.0.

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