Many times you may want to use an external keyboard with your laptop maybe because some of the keys of your laptop keys have been damaged or because you simply want to use more features. It can be anything, but many users are not comfortable using the external keyboard while the laptop keyboard is enabled because placing the external keyboard can be a challenge with the built-in keyboard on.
So, how do you disable the laptop keyboard, so that you can use only the external keyboard. Let’s see how.
Solution: Via Device Manager
Step 1: Press the Windows key + X together on your keyboard and select Device Manager from the context menu.
Step 2: In the Device Manager window, scroll down and expand Keyboards. Under this, right click on the Standard PS/2 Keyboard and click on Update driver.
Step 3: Now, click on Browse my computer for driver software.
Step 4: Next, click on Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.
Step 5: In the next window, uncheck the box next to Show compatible hardware. This will display a list of Manufacturers and Models below. Now, select a random Manufacturer on the left (here we selected Toshiba).
Step 6: Next, select the Model on the right, and click on Next.
Step 7: In the prompt, select Yes to proceed with the installation.
As the random keyboard driver is successfully updated, you can now restart your PC and your built-in keyboard is disabled.
If you are wondering how to go back and enable the original built-in keyboard once you are done working with the external keyboard, here’s how you can do it.
How To Enable The Original Built-In Keyboard
Step 1: Open Device Manager as shown in Step 1. In the Device Manager window, scroll down and expand Keyboards. Under this, right click on the Toshiba USB 109 Japanese keyboard and click on Update driver.
Step 2: Now, follow the process as shown in Step 3 and Step 4 in the previous solution. Next, select Standard PS/2 keyboards option under Model.
Now, wait for it to be installed. Restart your computer for the built-in laptop keyboard to be enabled.