I finally figured out how to disable the annoying touch pad on my laptop. I scoured the internet and found everything from Registry edits to hard wire disconnects before I found the appropriate software solution. I had installed Windows 7 about 5 months ago and had accidently clobbered my touch pad mouse drivers. So, having hit upon the “how to” for my particular Dell model laptop, I downloaded the original Vista touch pad driver and installed it.
Brought up the mouse control panel and there is was; the enable/disable touch pad check box. Rebooted, and now I can type to my heart’s content without accidently hitting the pad and moving my cursor to a different location and typing over my text. Yay!! So, making posts to this blog is a lot less frustrating now.