What if you want to disable your Best laptop keyboard, but don’t know how? This quick guide will walk you through the step-by-step process.
This article will show you how to disable a laptop keyboard. This is the best way to protect your information from falling into the wrong hands, and it’s also a good idea for those who travel often.
Disabling your keyboard usually does not take more than five minutes, so don’t worry about this being too difficult!
People may opt to disable their laptop keyboards for different reasons. Maybe one may want to clean their keyboards with having the keys functioning.
The other reason might be for travellers who want to protect their laptops. And also parents would want to disable laptop keyboards when their toddlers are watching youtube kids or rather cartoons.
Therefore they are many reasons as to why you should probably disable your laptop keyboard.
I remember a close family friend of mine once disabled his laptop keyboard because some of the keys were not responsive. He disabled the keyboard and used an external keyboard as his backup plan.
How to Disable a Laptop Keyboard: The Step by Step Guide
Now you can either disable the keyboard temporarily or permanently and this is totally up to you. Let me guide you on how to disable a laptop keyboard temporary, step by step;
Step 1: Open the device manager
It is possible to open the device manager on a laptop with windows 10.
1. Click on Start and type in “device manager”
2. From here, press enter on the search button found within the start bar, then enter again to open the device manager found under the system tab.
Or you can simply Hold the windows tab plus the R key and enter devmgmt.msc then press enter key of the ok button on the prompt.
Step 2: Find the Keyboards Drives
The next step is to find the keyboards drives. To do so follow these steps:
Click on Keyboards Drives in the left menu and then press enter key of the ok button on the prompt.
Press ctrl+F for windows or cmd+f for mac to search through all items found within this folder.
You should now be able to see that there are two different types of keyboard drivers, one will mean external devices which means your laptop can connect with an external device such as a mouse or a tablet and another type would mean internal devices meaning it’s connected right into your system board.
Step 3: For Deleting Keyboard Drivers (Temporary)
To delete any type of keyboard driver you need to click on it first before you press delete.
Press the ms+c key for windows or cmd+shift+c for mac to open up a prompt that will tell you which driver will be deleted and what it does just in case you’re not sure of what is really deleting means.
This part should take about 30 seconds if done correctly before pressing ok on the keyboard, then wait another 15-20 minutes until your laptop has fully rebooted back into system mode to make sure everything works smoothly without any errors occurring.
Steps for Deleting Keyboard Drivers (Permanent)
The permanent way to disable a keyboard would be by using this method: Click on Keyboards Drives on the left menu again from earlier steps then click once more press enter button on the prompt.
At this point navigate to Internal Keyboard Device in the right menu and then press the enter button on the ok button on the window that pops up.
This should take about 60 seconds before it loads, but once it does you will see a list of different keyboard drivers much like how we saw earlier for external devices with two types;
One type means your laptop can connect with an external device such as a mouse or tablet and another type would mean internal devices meaning they are connected right into your system board.
This time click the delete key found at the top left corner of the screen next to select all box which is usually located below edit text option when viewing documents or entering numbers etcetera, then finally hit Ok if prompted more questions just answer yes and the keyboard driver should be removed from your system.
Steps for External Keyboard Connections
Now if you want to connect an external keyboard, it is possible through this method: click on the Windows tab and type in CMD or cmd+shift+c for mac and press the enter button once more.
This will open up a prompt with two options; one allows users to input commands while the other lets them view all items found within the folder currently being looked at.
Again navigate to devices by clicking Keyboards Drives > Left Menu > Internal Keyboard Device like seen before but instead of pressing the delete key follow these steps:
Click on Add Legacy Hardware under the command that says Devices Manager which opens a new window prompting you about what kind of device you want to add and what drivers you need.
Select Keyboards from the drop-down menu and then press the Next button at the bottom right corner of the screen which will open up a prompt asking for a specific driver type or location where it can be found to proceed with adding new hardware.
If an external device is connected, click on the Browse option under Add Hardware Wizard > Devices Manager window that pops up > Find Keyboard Drivers by clicking Internal Keyboard Device as seen before
But this time select External PS/PS (80) Port Mouse Mode Interface Driver instead of deleting like we previously did earlier when connecting an internal keyboard inside the laptop so now next step would require selecting one of two options: either Update Driver Software or Uninstall Device if not sure about it
Our Conclusion On How to Disable a Laptop keyboard
Have you ever tried to do something on your laptop and ended up deleting the wrong file by mistake? It’s almost inevitable if you’re using a laptop for an extended period of time.
Therefore do this with a lot of care so that you do not delete the wrong files. However, windows automatically install drives when you restart the computer.
Let us know there is anything you would love us to add to this guide or any questions. Please feel free to leave comments below. You can also read bouncegeek guide on How to Disable a Laptop Keyboard. They did it well.