How to auto-disable MacBook built-in trackpad

Here is how to automatically disable the built-in trackpad on a MacBook when you connect an external mouse or trackpad.

How to auto-disable the built-in trackpad when mouse or external trackpad connected

A trackpad is an essential part of a laptop, especially for Mac users, since it is the only best way to handle the pointer control on a Mac. However, some users, especially gamers, graphic designers, and video editors, prefer to use a specialized mouse over a trackpad.

Does the built-in trackpad cause accidental clicks or movement when using your MacBook? You can avoid such mistakes by telling your Mac to automatically ignore the built-in trackpad input whenever you connect to a mouse or external trackpad.

To auto-disable the built-in trackpad on a MacBook, follow these steps:

  1. Open System Settings.
  2. Select Accessibility.
  3. Click on Pointer Control.
  4. Turn on the “Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present” option.

For more detailed instructions, please check out our step-by-step guides below.

Auto-disable built-in trackpad when mouse connected

To automatically ignore all inputs from the built-in trackpad on a MacBook when a wired or wireless mouse or trackpad is connected, do the following:

Open System Settings from the Apple menu  (in the top corner of your screen).

Apple Menu - System Settings...

Click on the Accessibility tab and select Pointer Control under the Motor section.

System Settings - Accessibility - Pointer Control

On the Pointer Control page, turn on the option for “Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present.”

Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or external trackpad is present

Now, whenever you connect a mouse to your MacBook, the built-in trackpad will not work anymore. If you have any queries or issues with the instructions in this tutorial, please let me know by commenting below.


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