How to Disable Keyboard in Windows 11 Laptop and Apple MacBook, and Re-Enable It

Here is our step by step guide on how to disable keyboard in Windows 11 and Mac.

If you are wondering if you can disable the keyboard on your laptop or PC, the answer is yes. There are multiple ways to disable your laptop or PC’s keyboard and this is applicable for Windows as well as Mac devices. In this article, we will take a look at how can you disable the keyboard on a Windows 11 laptop and Apple MacBook, as well as the steps of how you can re-enable the keyboard. 

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For Windows, we will take a look at how you can disable and enable the keyboard in specifically in Windows 11. While users can use the built-in feature on Windows to perform this task, on Mac though, they will require third-party application that can disable the built-in keyboard.

This feature is useful when you’re using an external keyboard and don’t want to use the built-in keyboard by mistake.

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How to Disable Keyboard in Windows 11

Before we start, make sure you have a mouse connected to the PC or laptop, which you can use once the keyboard is disabled. If you have a touch screen machine, it is ok to proceed. 

  1. On your Windows 11 machine, Open the Start menu (click on Windows icon)
  2. Search for “Device Manager”
  3. Click on it to open the Device Manager screen in a new Window
  4. Go to the Keyboard option and click on the “>” arrowHow to Disable Keyboard in Windows 11
  5. You will get a list of all the keyboards connected to your current laptop or PC
  6. Right-click on the keyboard from the list which you want to disable How to Disable Keyboard in Windows 11
  7. Select “Uninstall Device”

It is worth mentioning that the name of your laptop or PC’s keyboard will depend on your model, device, number, and brand. 

How to Re-Enable Keyboard in Windows 11

Once you have disabled the keyboard using the above method, it is very easy to re-enable the keyboard in Windows 11. All you need to do is just restart the laptop or PC. To do this you can use your mouse or external keyboard also works. 

  1. Click on the Windows icon in the taskbar
  2. Click on the Power button
  3. Select Restart
  4. Your machine will restart and your keyboard will be re-enabled

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How to Disable Keyboard in Mac

As said earlier, we will be using a third-party application on Mac to disable the keyboard.

  1. Download the Karabiner app using the link here
  2. Open the app and approve all the necessary permissions
  3. Go to Devices
  4. Under Devices, select the Advanced” optionHow to Disable Keyboard in Mac
  5. Select the external keyboard from the list by clicking on the checkbox
  6. Once you select the keyboard from the list, your Mac keyboard will automatically get disabled

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How to Re-Enable Keyboard in Mac

  1. Open the Karabiner app
  2. Go to Devices
  3. Under Devices, select the “advanced” option
  4. De-select the external keyboard from the list
  5. Once you have de-selected the keyboard from the list, your Mac keyboard will automatically be enabled

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