How to Disable Your Laptop Touchpad

Laptops come with their own mousepads or trackpads, whatever you call them, that are completely functional and adequate for their intended use. But have you ever accidentally clicked on your laptop’s touchpad in the middle of an important work assignment and messed up something beyond fixing? It’s positively enraging! Sometimes, touchpads are more headache than they are worth. All hope is not lost, though! There is a way to disable the touchpad of a laptop to make sure those clunky finger mistakes never happen.

Disabling With the Press of a Key

Some touchpads are easily disabled. For instance, on Dell computers you can press Fn + F5 to turn your touchpad on and off. HP computers allow you to turn your touchpad off by just pressing and holding the top-left corner of the touchpad for a bit. You turn the touchpad back on the same way. Unfortunately, not all laptop touchpads are disabled this easily.

Disabling a Touchpad on Windows

Windows offers a fairly easy process of disabling their touchpads. You’ll find the touchpad options in the Mouse section of Devices and Printers, found in Hardware and Sound in the Control Panel of the computers. Once you are in the Mouse section, you’ll choose the option that says Touchpad – be aware that it may say Clickpad or something similar to that. Choose the disable option, and you’re done! To enable the touchpad again, follow the same steps and choose the enable option.

See how to disable a laptop touchpad here: 

Disabling a Touchpad on a Mac

Mac computers offer the option to disable their trackpads when another mouse is plugged in. You’ll find the “Ignore built-in trackpad when mouse or wireless trackpad is present” option in the Mouse and Trackpad section of Accessibility in the System Preferences of the computer. 

Why Disable a Touchpad

There are many reasons you may want to disable the touchpad on your laptop. You may just simply prefer to use a hand-held mouse. You may have large hands that don’t really work well with a small touchpad. Additionally, the touchpad of your laptop may be experiencing glitches that make it impossible to use properly. Whatever the reason you have for disabling your laptop touchpad, there are clear and quick instructions for doing so for all laptops!

How to Login to Multiple Accounts in Gmail

Today’s computer user usually juggles multiple email accounts. Gmail makes juggling those multiple email account super easy. Simply sign in to all the accounts you plan to use on your computer, and you can easily navigate them from the top right-hand corner of Chrome. The steps for setting up your Gmail accounts are simple enough for anyone to understand.

Linking Multiple Gmail Accounts

To begin managing multiple Gmail accounts, you will first need to sign in to all of your Gmail accounts to link them. Follow these steps.

Switching Between Multiple Gmail Accounts

One Gmail account will sync to your Chrome, but it is easy and fast to switch between Gmail accounts. Simply follow these steps.

  • Go to the top right-hand corner of your Google page.
  • Mouse over the face icon.
  • Choose the email that you want to use.

It is truly that simple. You can even open multiple tabs and windows with different Gmails up simultaneously. You can sign into multiple accounts for more than just Gmail, as well. Google applications like Google Reader, Voice, Sites, and Calendar can also support multiple email addresses.

See how to manage multiple Gmail accounts here: 

Juggling Like a Pro

Managing multiple accounts with Gmail is incredibly easy and makes navigating your work email and personal email a breeze. Once you are set up, you can switch from account to account with the single click of a mouse.

How to Block a Number on an iPhone

Blocking numbers is a way to get rid of annoying calls from telemarketers, election campaigns, and even people you just don’t want to talk to. If you are having an issue with a number calling you over and over and you want it to stop, you can just block the number and be done with it! Blocking a number on an iPhone is relatively simple.

Blocking Nuisance Numbers on an iPhone

To block a number on an iPhone, you can follow these steps:

  • Tap the Phone icon on the home screen.
  • Tap the Recents icon to see calls that have come into your phone in the order they’ve come in.
  • Tap the info icon – the blue i in a blue circle on the right side of the screen, next to the number you want to block.
  • Tap the words Block this Caller at the bottom of the next screen.
  • Tap the red words Block Contact on the message that pops up.

See how to block a number on an iPhone here: 

Blocking a Contact in an iPhone

If you want to block a contact that is saved in your phone, that process is even easier. All you do is go to your contacts, tap their name, and hit Block This Caller at the bottom of their contact page.

Bonus: How to Unblock a Number on an iPhone

If you decide that you want to unblock a number, the process is just as easy as blocking the number. Simply go to Settings > Phone > Call Blocking and Identification > Edit. Then, locate the number you want to unblock and tap it. A red Unblock button will appear. Tap the red button. The number is unblocked.

Modern Convenience

Being able to block and unblock numbers is a modern convenience that is completely underrated. When you block a contact on an iPhone, you will block them across the phone app, Facetime, and messaging, making sure that you do not hear from them at all.

How to Reset Your Gmail Password

Resetting your email password is not only necessary at times because you have forgotten your password, but it is all recommended to reset your password regularly as an extra security measure. Gmail is a popular email service offered by Google, and the process for resetting your password with Gmail is quick and easy.

Resetting Your Gmail Password on Your Computer

You can reset your Gmail password on your computer with these steps:

  • Open your Google account. Sign in if you aren’t signed in.
  • Under Security, select Signing in to Google.
  • Choose Password. You might need to sign in again.
  • Enter your new password, then select Change Password.

Resetting Your Gmail Password on Your Android Device

You can reset your Gmail password on your android device with these steps:

  • Open your device’s Settings. Go to Google > Google Account.
  • Select Security.
  • Under Signing in to Google, tap Password. Sign in if you need to.
  • Enter your new password, then tap Change password.

See how to reset your Gmail password here:

Bonus: How to Recover a Forgotten Password with Gmail

There are times that passwords are forgotten, and Gmail makes the process of recovering your password very easy. When you realize that you have forgotten your password, you can click on the Forgot Password link on the sign-in page. You will be asked security questions to confirm your identity and can even have a password texted to you if you’ve backed up your account on your phone. The entire process is very easily laid out.

Protected with Passwords

When you’re resetting passwords, remember that you should make your password as hard to guess as possible. Don’t use names and dates that people know are associated with you. Use a combination of upper and lower case letters, symbols, and numbers to create an airtight password that is secure. This will help keep your Gmail protected!

How to Sync Your FitBit

Fitbits are an astonishing health innovation that can be clipped onto your clothing or even inserted into a wristband that resembles a watch to keep track of your daily activity. It is designed to help you become more active and live a healthier life. It was introduced in 2008 and has become increasingly popular ever since. Syncing your FitBit to your mobile device helps to track your health progress and keeps the FitBit effective.

Syncing Your Fitbit to Your Smartphone

Before syncing your FitBit to your smartphone, you need to download the free Fitbit app, make sure that you’re connected to the internet, and turn Bluetooth on. Then, follow these easy steps:

  • Turn your Fitbit tracker on.
  • Check that Bluetooth is enabled on your phone.
  • Open your FitBit app on your phone.
  • Tap on the FitBit icon that appears on your phone screen. It could be in either the top or bottom corner.
  • A small menu will appear with the last time your Fitbit synced and two arrows in a circle. Tap on the two arrows in a circle to sync.
  • Your Fitbit will begin syncing and a progress bar will show up. This shouldn’t take more than just a few seconds.

See how to sync your Fitbit to IOS devices here: 

Syncing Your Fitbit to Your Computer

Your Fitbit can also be synced to your personal computer. Before you can do this, you must download the Fitbit Connect app on your computer.

  • Insert Fitbit’s wireless dongle into a USB port on your computer.
  • Place your Fitbit tracker within 20 feet of the dongle.
  • Click the Fitbit Connect icon on your computer screen.
  • When it opens, select “Sync Now.”

Enjoying Your Fitbit

Fitbits are extraordinary devices that honestly help improve many lives with their health-tracking technology. These little devices even monitor your sleep. For the most part, your Fitbit will automatically sync periodically after the very first sync, but know how to manually sync your Fitbit is a valuable skill.