How to Disable Laptop Keyboard

Laptops nowadays come in different sizes, and you can buy any size based on your usage but sometimes you have to disable your keyboard. There are primarily two reasons for disabling your keyboard: either your keyboard has stopped working or you find it difficult to use your laptop keyboard due to its compact size.

In other words, you can say when you need to use an external keyboard with your laptop you have to disable your built-in keyboard. So, we have explained how you can disable your laptop’s keyboard.

Disabling your laptop’s keyboard

To make it easy for you to disable your laptop’s keyboard we have described the process stepwise.

Disabling the laptop keyboard by changing the Device Installation Settings

Step 1: First you go to the properties of your “This PC” and the two ways by which you can do that are:

Method 1 : Simply press window button and R key to open the run command and write sysdm.cpl in the search bar of the Run and press OK as in the image below:

Method 2 : The other way to open the properties is by right clicking on the icon named “This PC” and select properties from the menu as in the image below:

Step 2: Next you will see a window from there you will select the hardware option in the upper menu bar click on that. Next  you will see two options in it one is the Device manager and the other is Device Installation Settings. Click on the Device Installation Settings as in the image below:

Step 3: Once you have clicked on the Device Installation Settings a dialogue box will open asking you to automatically download and install the drivers for the devices and you have to check the box saying No. After that click on the Save Changes icon as shown in the image below:

Step 4: Next click on the Device Manager option in the hardware tab to open your laptop’s device manager as in the image below:

Step 5: Search for the keyboards in the device manager, once you have found it click on it and you will see keyboard drivers as in the image below:

Right click on the Standard PS/2 Keyboard and click on the uninstall option from the pop-up menu. Once you have selected the uninstall option the laptop will ask again for the confirmation. Press the Uninstall button as shown in the image below:

After uninstalling the driver your laptop will restart and now your laptop keyboard gets disabled, and you can use the external keyboard with your laptop.

To further clarify we can say that if we only uninstall the keyboard driver the laptop will automatically reinstall the drivers upon restarting that’s why we have stopped the automatic download of drivers for the devices.

However, if you want to re-enable your laptop’s keyboard you just have to okay the automatic downloading of the drivers for the devices in the device system installation settings and then restart your laptop.


Laptops are the compact version of the full-size desktop PC which performs all the functions that a regular computer can do. However, due to smaller size sometimes users find it difficult to do typing assignments as the size of the keyboard is small. So, for that purpose one can use an external keyboard but to avoid any interference from laptop keyboard it is needed to be disabled.  So, we have explained the process of disabling  and re-enabling the laptop’s built-in keyboard in this guide.

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Aaliyan Javaid

I am an electrical engineer and a technical blogger. My keen interest in embedded systems has led me to write and share my knowledge about them.