How to Disable Laptop Keyboard

How to Disable Laptop Keyboard

Last Updated: December 5, 2020

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Most laptops get a built-in function to disable touchpad when an external mouse connected. But there is no button to disable laptop keyboard. However, for a good reason, it’s a bit harder to disable the laptop keyboard.

A laptop isn’t likely a desktop computer, because it needs basic accessories like a mouse, a keyboard, and a monitor to operate a desktop computer. But, for a laptop, you’ve got all the peripherals in one package. Well, in case you dropped your laptop accidentally and now the keyboard isn’t working properly. You can disable the laptop’s keyboard and attach an external one to get back to your work again! Or you can just replace the entire built-in keyboard which will be quite costly.

So, talking about the easier option that you can simply connect an external one. In such a case, or in many cases you would like to disable laptop keyboard to avoid unwanted or unintentional alphabets typed on your word document.

Heading over to the topic, which obviously is how to disable laptop keyboard we’ve covered 4 different ways from different sources. So, that you can choose the best and the easiest one of all.

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There’s a lot of operating systems out there, which have different methods. Disabling keyboard in Windows is easier if you’re doing it for a while (temporarily). However, if you want your keyboard to be disabled forever, that’s a bit harder. But, don’t worry, we’ve mentioned them both in the easiest way.


If you just want to disable your laptop’s keyboard till your next restart, then the method is very simple. It’s just a five-step guide to disable laptop keyboard for short-term purposes. So Let’s take a step over to the guide.

Let’s make this clear to give you a proper idea of how to disable a laptop keyboard. We’re going to uninstall keyboard drivers which will disable the keyboard until you restart your PC. Since most of the Windows operating systems have a feature to automatically install drivers, so Windows will install default drivers automatically when you restart your laptop.

Let’s head over to the step-by-step guide

First, you need to open the Device Manager. Now there are a lot of ways to open the device manager, but the easiest one is; Right-click on your start button and select Device Manager.

Or, you can just open the Run Dialog Box by pressing and holding Windows button, then press R key and type in, devmgmt.msc


Now that the Device Manager is opened, navigate to the drop-down menu Keyboard and find the keyboard you want to disable.

Device Manager

Right Click and choose Uninstall, and done! Now some dialogs will appear to ensure if you want to uninstall the driver or not. Just Accept all of them, BUT don’t restart your laptop. Restarting your laptop will enable the laptop keyboard back to its working condition.


By just adding some more steps before repeating the above process, you can disable your keyboard permanently. For this, we are going to use Group Policy Editor which will prevent automatic enabling of keyboard on every restart.

Follow this simple and easiest guide to disable the laptop’s keyboard permanently.

Open the Run Dialog Box by pressing and holding the Windows button, then press R key and type in, gpedit.msc this will open a local group policy editor.

Run Dialog Box

On the left panel, head over to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Device Installation there you’ll see an option which is Device Installation Restriction.

Group Policy Editor

Now on the right panel, there are a lot of policies that allow Windows to function properly. Head over to the policy “Prevent Installation of Devices not described by other policy settings

Now click on policy setting, or just right-click and select Edit to modify the policy. The final step is to Enable the policy and now your keyboard is disabled forever.

Enable the policy

After doing these steps, repeat the above method which we use to disable the keyboard temporarily. This policy editor will avoid reinstalling the driver on every restart.


There are a lot of applications available on the internet which will allow you to disable keyboard on Windows operating system. On the off chance that you are searching for how to disable your laptop keyboard in windows, these applications will help you disable your laptop keyboard with just a few clicks. We’ve included those applications which will give you the option to disable specific keys along with trackpad.

Key Freeze

Key Freeze

Key Freeze has got a good reputation when it comes to disabling laptop keyboard. A simple installation process, and with few clicks, it can disable your keyboard and trackpad all the while. The main drawback of this software is that you cannot just disable one device at once. With a few clicks, it will disable both the devices. A good feature that makes it attractive is you can enable both of them, by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del keys while both of the devices are disabled.

Device Manager

There are a lot of device manager software available on CNET, which are very similar to the Windows built-in device manager, but these provide a bit more accessibility. You don’t have to go through all the steps above, but you can disable laptop keyboard with a few clicks by using this software.


Caution: This method may disable your trackpad too. Connect an external mouse for better usability.

This method is not called the safest method to disable the keyboard forever, as there are many other safest ways to disable the keyboard. In this method, we’re going to update the keyboard driver with an incompatible one. Let’s explore it!

First, go to the Device Manager of your Windows. Expand the Keyboard section and select the desired keyboard device which you want to update.

Device Manager

Right-click on the device and click on Update.

Now a dialog will open and ask you, how you want to upgrade your driver. You have to select “Browse my computer for driver software.

upgrade your driver

The next step is to select “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer

Now uncheck the option which will show only compatible driver, that option will be right there up or down. After uncheck you can see all the drivers from different manufactures.

That’s the main part. You have to select any driver, except that one which is compatible. Windows will give you a warning that the driver may not be able to function the hardware properly. That’s what we want. Select Yes.

After installing the driver, reboot your computer. And now your built-in keyboard is not working anymore. It is disabled permanently.


Apple’s MacBook

Apple’s MacBook is the best laptop out there in the market. But in case you want to clear your MacBook’s keyboard and you want to disable it. There’s a way to disable it too. It is a tricky but simple way to disable the MacBook keyboard by using just terminal commands. There is also software available which will allow you to disable the keyboard on MacBook.


The Terminal is like CMD in Windows which will let you control your macOS environment in a developer mode. You can disable the MacBook keyboard by just pasting some commands in your terminal interface.

Here we go with the command.

sudo kextunload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBTopCase.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleUSBTCKeyboard.kext/

Just put the password, when it asks for the password and your keyboard will be disabled.

If you want to enable the keyboard on your MacBook again, follow this code.

sudo kextload /System/Library/Extensions/AppleUSBTopCase.kext/Contents/PlugIns/AppleUSBTCKeyboard.kext


Well, there are a lot of options available when you want to disable laptop keyboard. But for Windows, we found the Device Manager one to be the simplest and safest. If you want to disable permanently then you have to go in advance setting where a mistake can crash your PC. We also mentioned some third party applications which may not provide you all the features or they can just disable both of the devices. So, in every way, Device Manager is the best way to disable laptop keyboard