Disabling your keyboard can be just what you need to do if you plan on not using it after an accident. Whether you’ve spilled something or it just isn’t working, there are a number of ways that you can disable it. If you plan on using an external keyboard or you find that your laptop is better in tablet mode, below you will find directions on how to disable your computer keyboard.
Using Device Policy Editor
This method is one of the ways that you can use on your Windows computer to stop your keyboard from reinstalling every time your computer restarts. You must be a user of Windows Pro or Windows Enterprise to use this method.
1. On your Windows laptop, press the Windows Key + the R key on your keyboard. The Windows key is located at the bottom left side of your keyboard and it has an icon in it that resembles four squares pressed together to form a larger square. When you press these keys, a small box will appear somewhere on your screen.
2. In the small box that appears, you will see a text box. In that text box, you will need to type “gpedit.msc” and then you will need to press OK in the bottom right corner of the box.
3. You will be navigated to the Local Group Policy Editor and there will be folders on the side of your screen. In the first three folders, find the folder that is titled “Administrative templates” and click on it. This will reveal a new set of options.
4. In the options that appeared after you clicked “Administrative templates” you need to click System. This should be the last option in the set of menu options that appeared. New options will drop down after clicking System.
5. In the new options, click Device Installation, which should be near the top of the options.
6. Under Device Installation, you will need to click on Device Installation Restrictions. To the right of the screen, you will see a Settings section underneath the header that says “Device Installation Restrictions.
7. Right click the option that says, “Prevent installation of devices not described by other policy settings.” This should be at the bottom of the list of options on the screen.
8. When you right click it, a small menu will appear on your screen. Click on Edit, the first option.
9. After you select edit, a new box will appear on your screen. In the left upper side of the box, you will see three bubbles with labels next to them. Click the bubble next to the choice Enabled.
10. After clicking the bubble next to Enabled, you will need to locate the Apply and OK options. These are at the bottom right corner of the screen. First, you need to click on Apply. Then after clicking Apply, you can click OK. You no longer need anything in this section.
1. Press the Windows key + X on your keyboard. The windows key is in the bottom left side of your keyboard. You will see a menu appear on the left side of your screen.
2. In that menu, select Device Manager. This will take you to a new menu. In that menu, click on Keyboards to expand that option. It should be located midway down the menu.
3. Right click the option that appears underneath that section that says Standard PS/2 Keyboard.
4. Once you right click it, a small menu will appear where you can click Uninstall device. After you click Uninstall, you will be asked to confirm that is what you want to do. Click yes.
Updating Your Driver
1. Open Device Manager on your laptop. You can usually do this by searching for it on your computer. If you can’t find it on your computer, you can open your Control Panel and find it there.
2. In the menu that appear, click on Keyboards.
3. Right click the option that appears in the menu that says Standard PS/2 Keyboard.
4. When you select this, a new menu will appear. Select, Update Driver from the menu that appears.
5. You will see a new box that appears on the screen. Click Browse my computer for driver software in the next menu that appears on the screen.
6. It will ask you how you want to search for drivers on your device. You will need to select “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer.” This will be at the bottom of the box on your screen in blue letters.
7. After you click the previous option, you will be able to select Show compatible hardware so that you can uncheck your keyboard from it.
8. You will have to scroll through the options on your screen and select a manufacturer that is different than your standard keyboard. You will also need to select a model.
9. When you are done, select Next in the bottom right side of the screen.
10. You will see an Update Driver Warning appear. Select yes from the box.
11. When you are told that the driver was successfully updated, click close.
12. You will be prompted to restart your computer since you have made a change that requires you to restart your computer for it to take effect.
When you restart your device, you will no longer be able to use your keyboard. Go back to your Keyboard section in your device manager to re- enable your keyboard.
Mac: Connect a keyboard, mouse and external monitor and then you can run your computer in Closed Display mode.
1. Go to System. You can find this by going into your Settings of your laptop or searching for it in your computer.
2. In System, you will need to click on Preferences.
3. In the options under Preferences, you will need to click on Startup Applications.
4. Add the following command in that section: /home/user/.bashrc file and press OK.