Personalization Show or Hide Virtual Touchpad icon on Taskbar in Windows 11


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You can use the on-screen virtual touchpad to control the mouse pointer with your touchscreen.

The virtual touchpad can be dragged to any location you want on the screen.

This tutorial will show you how to show or hide the virtual touchpad icon on the taskbar system tray for your account in Windows 11.


Contents

  • Option One: Show or Hide Virtual Touchpad icon on Taskbar System Tray in Settings
  • Option Two: Show or Hide Virtual Touchpad icon on Taskbar System Tray using REG file


EXAMPLE: virtual touchpad

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Option One

Show or Hide Virtual Touchpad icon on Taskbar System Tray in Settings


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Personalization on the left side, and click/tap on Taskbar on the right side. (see screenshot below)

Open Taskbar settings

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3 Under Taskbar corner icons or System tray icons (build 22572), turn On or Off (default) Virtual touchpad for what you want. (see screenshot below)

virtual_touchpad_Settings-2.png

4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Show or Hide Virtual Touchpad icon on Taskbar System Tray using REG file


1 Do step 2 (show) or step 3 (hide) below for what you would like to do.

2 Show Virtual Touchpad icon on Taskbar System Tray

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Show_virtual_touchpad_icon_on_taskbar_system_tray.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Touchpad]
"TouchpadDesiredVisibility"=dword:00000001

3 Hide Virtual Touchpad icon on Taskbar System Tray

This is the default setting.


A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​

Hide_virtual_touchpad_icon_on_taskbar_system_tray.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Touchpad]
"TouchpadDesiredVisibility"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5 Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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