In this post, I discuss ways to try to do it. There are various ones. Removing the numberpad driver (NOT the touchpad's driver) from Windows Device Manager seemed at first the best way, but it proved to be temporary. Someone later proposed how to removed it permanently.
See below for how to do that if you may prefer to cut to the chase, but first let me help readers understand what I mean by the Numberpad feature, and the problem that may prompt folks to seek how to disable it. Then I discuss other solutions that had been proposed but did not work. Then I conclude with what has, for me (so far).
About the Feature
First, let's talk about the NumPad feature itself, for context.
The feature is found on many modern Asus laptops whose keyboard lacks a full numeric keypad on the right. (I have it on a ZenBook, but I've read of it existing on VivoBook, ExpertBook, StudioBook, and even ROG Strix and perhaps Tuf models--though I also have one each of those and they do NOT have it.) See the image provided here.
It's a "virtual" numeric keypad within your touchpad that can be enabled optionally with a button in the top right of the touchpad. Asus calls the feature "NumberPad". You can learn more about it at the Asus web site FAQ on the feature.
How to enable/disable it on-demand
It's designed so that you can use it when you want, and then disable it. You simply tap the icon (a virtual button) on the top right of the touchpad to enable/disable the display of the Numberpad. When you enable it, the numeric keyboard lights up within the touchpad, which is helpful for those who need to do numerical data entry, etc.
Note that even when the numpad is enabled, you can still use the touchpad for typical mouse movements and tapping, which is especially clever. But some folks find the touchpad mouse movements to NOT be as good an experience as when this feature is DISABLED.
Again, to disable the numberpad, you simply long-press the same image/virtual button, and the numberpad no longer appears.
The problem of accidentally enabling it
The problem is that it's very easy to brush that button to enable it. Granted, to turn it off, you just have to long-press the button. But it gets annoying if you find it happening often.
The annoyance is that there doesn't seem any feature built-in to the hardware or any Asus software to disable the feature.
Trying to disable the Asus Numberpad "permanently"
Perhaps like me you don't really need a numeric keyboard at all, and so you may prefer to just disable the Numberpad permanently. (Perhaps you bought the machine not for that feature but for other features of the machine.)
As I searched the web (and the Asus site) for any explanation of how to permanently disable it, I found various suggestions (see below.) But none worked well for me, or didn't work permanently.
And when I first wrote this post, I shared my first attempted solution which I THOUGHT would be permanent...
My first attempt: remove it from Device Manager
Here's what I shared here first: using Windows Device Manager to remove the feature. I thought it was the best solution, but it turned out that on a Windows update the feature was restored.
I leave that manual approach here for posterity, but most folk will want to try a more permanent fix, below (and which doesn't require you make these manual Device Manager changes).
Of course, anytime you manipulate any system features you are taking a risk. I am simply sharing what worked for me. I cannot accept any responsibility for your taking the following actions
Here are the steps:
- In the searchbox on the TaskBar, type device manager, and then select it from the Windows menu
- In the device manager interface, select Keyboards , then ASUS Number Pad
- Right-click that (as I point to with the second, red arrow), and choose "uninstall device"Don't worry that doing this will disable the entire touchpad. That is a separate "device" (see "Human Interface Devices" within Device Manager and its "ASUS Precision Touchpad" (as I note in the screenshot, with the first, green arrow). We will NOT remove that.
- A popup will appear, and you will WANT to check the option "Delete the driver software for this device", otherwise the removal will last only until a restart of the machine
How "permanent" is this solution?
You may notice that I put the words "permanently" in quotes in the section title and other references above. That's because it's possible that even though deleting the driver this way will indeed cause the feature to be removed even after a reboot of your laptop, it's possible that some future Windows, ASUS, or bios update may add the feature back. If so, you could just remove it again per the above steps.
Update Sadly, I must report that days after I posted this, I DID find that the numberpad had indeed re-enabled itself some days later (the button "worked" again and it appeared in device manager). I've been looking for still-more "permanent" ways to keep it uninstalled. If I find any, I will report it here.
But thankfully someone shared a comment with a solution that did really work. See the section after the next.
"Solutions" that are NOT solutions
As I went seeking a solution, I found many resources on the web where others wanting to disable this feature went looking and asking about how to do it. Before anyone reading this post may want to propose these various "solutions", I want to clarify here first ones that definitely do NOT solve the problem:
- First, many folks trying to "help" point out how (as I discuss above) you can "just click the button on the top right of the keyboard", but the issue is that that's not permanent
- Again, some of us just want to disable it permanently, never needing a numeric keypad (or perhaps having an external one or external keyboard)
- Next, many folks trying to "help" confuse the discussion with instead another feature available in some other keyboards: an embedded numeric keypad WITHIN THE MAIN KEYBOARD (such as discussed here) or perhaps even the numeric keypad on the right of many keyboards
- And of course those sort of numeric keyboards can be disabled by clicking the numlock key (or perhaps fn-numlock)
- But the Asus laptops with this NumberPad discussed here (embedded in the touchpad) do not HAVE such a numlock at all, so that's not the solution
- Then some point out how of course one can disable the entire touchpad, such as with a hotkey on the keyboard like f6 or fn-f6
- But again that's not the "solution" to disabling the Numberpad feature, as someone may STILL want to use the touchpad otherwise
A solution that might suit some readers
Some folks had helpfully point out (elsewhere and in comments below) how an autohotkey script could disable the numlock key on any keyboard (and perhaps even an internal "virtual" one as this Numberpad might be considered).
See such tools as autohotkey, powertoys, sharpkeys, and more (including some mentioned in comments below).
And such a solution may well work for you, but some readers (myself included) may not want to bother with installing or relying on such software, especially if only for this one problem--and perhaps all the more if the solution I offer below (relying on no installation of any software) may suffice for them.
What's worked for me: a scheduled task to remove the numpad driver on startup
This may sound like a cumbersome solution, but it works and takes just a few steps to implement. See the comment below from "Forrest Gump".
I did it, after finding that my previous attempts (removing it manually, then later trying PowerToys and Sharpkeys, just did not suffice.)
And I have to admit that I may well come back here and modify the post to report that even this solution did not prove to work long-term. But I can't see why it won't. So thanks, Forrest! :-)
I hope that you find that this solution above works for you, as it has for me.
But it sure would be nice if Asus would just offer us a simple means to disable it, or to swap the behavior so that it takes a LONG-press to enable it and then a quick one to disable it. From the number of people annoyed by this feature, either option would seem a great future improvement.
Finally, a Linux user may wonder why I am showing only the solution for Windows. My understanding is that the Asus Numberpad feature is only available on Windows devices. If it ever is offered for Linux, the same concept (of removing the device from the OS) would apply.
If you have another idea or feedback, please comment below.
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