How To Disable a Keyboard On a Laptop

While working on your computer systems, sometimes you don’t want your laptop keyboard to take inputs. This usually happens when you are plugging in an external keyboard to your system, either due to a built-in one being damaged for any reason or you want to have a larger space for typing. 

How To Disable a Keyboard On a Laptop

However, turning off your laptop keyboard becomes sometimes tricky but not impossible. To do so, right-click the HID and PS 2 keyboard with the property’s location and plug it into your keyboard. 

Let’s dive into the following content to learn the detailed steps to turn off your laptop keyboard.

How To Disable Laptop Keyboard Temporarily

On your laptop, you can make your keyboard temporarily disabled with the help of the following steps.

  • On your keyboard, click on the HID and PS /2 keyboard entries with the properties’ location. Set to location 1 and plug into the keyboard.
  • Select the uninstall device from the context menu and click yes to confirm the location. 
How To Disable Laptop Keyboard Temporarily
  • You are done in making your laptop disabled successfully.

This process to make your keyboard is temporary, but when you restart your system, a window will be shown to you as connected. But you have to install the essential drivers to make them workable. 

How To Make Your Laptop Keyboard Disabled Permanently

The above steps are for turning off your keyboard temporarily; however, if you want to make it nonfunctional, you have to turn off your laptop’s built-in keyboard driver PS/2 i8042prt service with the help of a command prompt. 

So, we will use the sc command line utility to configure the service and make its parameter disabled. 

How To Make Your Laptop Keyboard Disabled Permanently
  • Press the win key and type cmd in the window search bar
  • Right-press on the command prompt and go for Run as Administrator. Click yes when you see the UAC prompt appear.
  • In the command prompt window, type the command and press Enter.
  • When the success notification appears, close the command prompt and restart your system 
  • After this step, your keyboard will stop to get any inputs. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I turn off the HP Laptop keyboard?

To make your keyboard, click the start button on your laptop and select Device Manager. Expand the keyboard category in the device manager window. 

Right-click on the built-in keyboard and select disable.

Is there a lock-up key on the HP keyboard?

Hold the right shift key for 8 seconds to lock and unlock the keyboard, or press the Shift +Fn button down. The order seems to matter on the HP EliteBook. 

How do you turn off the HP?

To turn off the keyboard, hold the right shift key for 8 seconds to lock or unlock the keyboard. 


Hopefully, making your keyboard disabled is not easy if you do not have any knowledge about your system updates. You can complete your laptop permanently or temporarily with the steps mentioned above. 

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