When your thumb or palm accidentally grazes a laptop’s touchpad,
cursor can jump, resulting in garbled text or even an unwanted
mouse-click. Fortunately, there are ways to combat this problem, usually by
tweaking Windows’ mouse/touchpad settings. If those options aren’t
available on your system or you’re still not getting the results
you want, try Touchfreeze. This open source utility serves one
simple purpose: to disable your laptop’s touchpad while you
Actually, Touchfreeze disables touchpad tapping, which
is what causes the aforementioned problems. (It doesn’t matter if
your cursor moves while you’re typing, as long as that movement
isn’t followed by a tap–the touchpad equivalent of clicking a
I tested the utility on two laptops, one running Windows XP, the other, Vista. On both
systems it worked as advertised: No amount of tapping while typing
actually registered a tap.
If you’ve been tearing your hair out due to flaky laptop
behavior, Touchfreeze may just solve the problem.