I am on a mission to become proficient with keyboard shortcuts, and I keep cheating by accident and using my trackpad. I want to be rigorous in my attempt to learn, so how do you toggle the trackpad on and off?

I found information on how to turn it off if you use a mouse, but that defeats the purpose of what I am trying to do.

In the spirit of learning keyboard shortcuts, if anyone knows how to set a keyboard shortcut to toggle the trackpad, that would be optimal.

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    I don't know that you can turn it off. Attaching a wireless mouse and setting said mouse on a shelf might be the way to go. Failing that perhaps taping a piece of card stock over the trackpad? – Steve Chambers Mar 7 at 1:54
  • @Steve Chambers, thank you! If I can't find it anywhere, then I'll prob use the card stock idea. – Riley Mangan Mar 7 at 18:04

To turn off the track pad you’ll need to attach a mouse or wireless trackpad but you don’t need to use it.

To turn off the trackpad when a mouse is connected:

  1. From the  Apple menu go to System Preferences

  2. Click Accessibility

  3. Select Mouse and Trackpad on the left

  4. Select “Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present”


  • Is there no way to turn it off with out using another mouse? Using another mouse would defeat the purpose of turning off my track pad. Thank you! – Riley Mangan Mar 7 at 18:05
  • @RileyMangan that’s the only way unless you want to manually disconnect the trackpad which would involve opening up the computer and disconnecting it and then re-connecting it when you want it but I wouldn’t advise doing that. – user310476 Mar 7 at 18:58
  • thank you for the fast response! I will take your advice and not attempt a manual disconnect. – Riley Mangan Mar 7 at 19:20
  • @RileyMangan :-) No problem – user310476 Mar 7 at 21:56

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