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page title icon How to Disable a Laptop Keyboard

| Updated on March 11, 2021

how to disable a laptop keyboard

If you’ve ever experienced a random moment where your laptop key has suddenly stopped working, you’ll understand how frustrating it can be.

Whether the reason for the sudden dysfunction was due to you cleaning your laptop or due to an unexplainable cause or reaction, the result of not being able to use a fully functionable keyword is tormenting.

In cases where your keys aren’t working or your laptop keyboard just isn’t performing up to your standards, you may wish to replace it with a temporary external keyboard instead.

Of course, emphasis is given to the word “temporary” since you’ll probably want to attempt to fix the in-built laptop keyboard in the meantime.

Accordingly, the need to disable your laptop keyboard becomes important in order to enable the external keyboard function.

Although there is a need to disable your laptop keyboard, truth is, not many people know how to. Lucky for you, we’ll be helping walk through the steps to disabling a laptop keyboard for laptops running the Mac OS as well as those running the Windows OS.

If any step is unclear, or if you’re confused on how to execute a step, let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to try and help you out. Now time for you to learn how to disable your laptop keyboard.

Disabling Your Mac Laptop Keyboard

If you own a Mac laptop, you will want to follow this section since disabling a Mac laptop keyboard is very different to disabling a Windows laptop keyboard. There isn’t a need to worry, the process is rather simple.

We’ll be breaking down the process into three different methods you can choose from.

Method 1 – To turn off your 11 inch laptop keyboard temporarily, you can use a simple shortcut of pressing the “Ctrl” and “F1” key at the same time. This will instantly turn of your Mac laptop keyboard albeit temporarily.

Method 2 – An alternative way to the Ctrl and F1 shortcut is by using an Apple script:


You should however note that some users have reported that the Apple script hasn’t been helpful in disabling the Mac laptop keyboard while others have said it works like a charm. As such, there is only one way to find out by testing this yourself.

Method 3 – Third party software such as Karabiner can help you disable your keyboard. To follow this method, download the Karabiner software into your Mac OS. All you have to do is then select the disable button in the Karabiner software pertaining to the control over your laptop keyboard. Once you check the corresponding box, your laptop keyboard should be disabled.

Disabling Your Windows Laptop Keyboard

It’s pretty simple to disable a Windows laptop keyboard as the process is rather straightforward when compared to a Mac OS. All you have to do is use the Device Manager.

You should note that there are some laptops that offer a shortcut to disable your laptop keyboard, however, we would recommend doing it manually as you have more control of the outcome should a slip up happen.

  1. The first step is to press the Window Key followed by the “R” key to open up the Run.
  2. Type in “gpedit.msc” and click the Enter key.
  3. Go to the Local Group Policy Editor followed by Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and lastly Device Installation.
  4. Once at the Device Installation folder, click on the sub-folder named “Device Installation Restrictions” which should be on the left hand side of the window.
  5. You should then open up the file titled “Prevent Installation of Devices not described by other policy”.
  6. Set this file to “Enable” and Apply the settings.
  7. It’s time to restart the laptop. Once your laptop boots up, the laptop keyboard will be disabled.

The above steps are relatively easy to follow and should help you disable your laptop keyboard. Do note that the above steps will disable your laptop keyboard only for a temporary time period.

If you intend on permanently disabling your laptop keyboard, you will have to uninstall the keyboard driver.

To do this, you must go to your laptop’s Control Panel, open up the Device Manager, followed by the Keyboard folder. Right click on the “Keyboard” tab and click on the Uninstall option. This will uninstall the keyboard driver which will permanently disable your laptop keyboard.

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