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TouchFreeze Disables Laptop Touchpad When Typing

24 December 2009 No Comment

When you spend a lot of time on the computer, it is very important to sit at the right position. I spend at least 8 hours on the computer every day and using the laptop’s keyboard really makes my shoulder and back ache. One day I’ve had enough and decided to do a little research on the proper sitting position when using the computer and found out that I need to have an external keyboard and mouse. This way I don’t need to sit too close to the laptop and I don’t need to stretch my hands all the way to the laptop’s keyboard. I’ve even bought an ergonomic computer chair (not the Herman Miller because it’s too expensive) and so far my shoulder and back haven’t ache for a very long time unless I use the computer non-stop for a few hours straight.

When I am away from home or work, I only carry along my laptop with me without the external keyboard and mouse. One big annoyance is my palm normally touches the touchpad while typing and that moves the cursor position to another place. I had to move the cursor back to where I was typing and then type slowly to make sure that doesn’t happen again.

On Acer laptop, I can hit the Fn + F7 keys to disable the touchpad but I found a better and more automatic way.

TouchFreeze is free and simple utility for Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7 that automatically disables touchpad while you are typing text. In X-Windows they already have syndaemon that does this and luckily we have TouchFreeze for Windows which probably is the only one for Windows…

TouchFreeze disable touchpad when typing

As you can see at the screenshot above, there is nothing to configure in TouchFreeze. Just install and by default it auto runs when Windows is booted up. The last time TouchFreeze updated was more than two years ago but I can verify that it works on Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit. It’s a little buggy at some times where it just doesn’t work but closing and reopening the program solves the problem. TouchFreeze takes up only 768K of memory, which is less than 1MB! If you have a laptop or netbook with Windows, TouchFreeze is something you must install.

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