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How to Turn On or Off Leave Touchpad On when Mouse is Connected in Windows 8.1


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A certified Windows Precision Touchpad is a new class of input devices that provide high precision pointer input and gesture functionality. By default, these devices generate ultra-high precision scroll wheel messages for desktop application consumption.

The August 12th 2014 update rollup from Windows Update for Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 introduced a new feature for precision touchpads by adding the Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected setting.

If this setting is turned on, your precision touchpad will stay on when you connect a mouse to the PC.

If this setting is turned off, your precision touchpad will automatically turn off when you connect a mouse to the PC, and will automatically turn back on when the mouse is disconnected.


This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected for your account in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.





Touchpad - Leave On when Mouse Connected in Windows 8.1 OPTION ONE Touchpad - Leave On when Mouse Connected in Windows 8.1
Turn On or Off Leave Touchpad On with Mouse in PC Settings

1. Open PC Settings, and click/tap on PC and devices on the left side. (see screenshot below)

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2. Click/tap on Mouse and touchpad on the left side, and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below step 5)

3. To Turn On Leave Touchpad On when Mouse is Connected
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) On the right side under Touch keyboard, move the Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected slider to the right to turn on, and go to step 5 below.

4. To Turn Off Leave Touchpad On when Mouse is Connected

A) On the right side under Touch keyboard, move the Leave touchpad on when a mouse is connected slider to the left to turn off, and go to step 5 below.

5. When finished, you can close PC settings if you like.

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Touchpad - Leave On when Mouse Connected in Windows 8.1 OPTION TWO Touchpad - Leave On when Mouse Connected in Windows 8.1
Turn On or Off Leave Touchpad On with Mouse using REG File


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The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\PrecisionTouchPad

LeaveOnWithMouse DWORD

0 = Turn off LeaveOnWithMouse
ffffffff = Turn on LeaveOnWithMouse


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Turn On Leave Touchpad On when Mouse is Connected
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_On_Leave_Touchpad_On_with_Mouse.reg

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3. To Turn Off Leave Touchpad On when Mouse is Connected

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_Off_Leave_Touchpad_On_with_Mouse.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. Sign out and in, or restart the PC to apply.

8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



That's it,
Shawn