If you are working a lot with a laptop, notebook or other mobile device that offers a little touchpad area that acts as a mouse replacement you have probably noticed that you sometimes may inadvertently touch it while writing. The effect? You may replace the cursor or click on a button or other element that may really interrupt what you are doing or maybe even delete some of what you have been writing previously.
Most touchpads have a little switch attached to them that you can activate to disable it. But that is not really that comfortable as you may have to reactivate the switch quite often, for instance if you want to click on an element on the page.
Enter Touchpad Blocker, a free program for the Windows operating system that blocks the touchpad automatically. When you start it for the first time, you have the following options that you can activate or deactivate to suite your needs.
- Automatically run program on startup
- Show system tray notification
- Block accidental taps and clicks
- Also block move and wheel events
- Beep when click is blocked
- Keyboard shrotcuts to turn the blocker on or off, and to enable or disable the touchpad.
For the most part, the program is working automatically without you having to do anything. It will notice accidental clicks and movements and block those, and even keep a record of them and display the blocked clicks in the program interface. I’d suggest you disable the sound alert when a click is blocked as it can really get on your nerves if that happens a lot.
Touchpad Blocker is compatible with all recent versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. You can download the latest version from the developer website.