How to disable the trackpad on your Mac computer in 2 different ways | You can disable the trackpad on your Mac if you have a mouse connected, or by using Mouse Keys. Here's how to do it in your Accessibility settings.

How to disable the trackpad on your Mac computer in 2 different ways

How to disable the trackpad on your Mac computer in 2 different ways

How to disable the trackpad on your Mac computer in 2 different ways

How to disable the trackpad on your Mac computer in 2 different ways

How to disable the trackpad on your Mac computer in 2 different ways

How to disable the trackpad on your Mac computer in 2 different ways
How to disable the trackpad on your Mac computer in 2 different ways
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You can disable the trackpad on your Mac if you have a mouse connected, or by using Mouse Keys.
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You can disable the trackpad on your Mac if you have a mouse connected, or by using Mouse Keys.
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  • You can disable the trackpad on your Mac computer in two different ways.
  • If you have a mouse or wireless trackpad connected, you can check a box in your Accessibility settings that automatically disables the trackpad.
  • Even if you don’t, you can disable the trackpad on your Mac by turning on Mouse Keys and checking a different box in the same settings tab.
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If you find yourself regularly clicking on your Mac computer’s trackpad by accident, with the cursor jumping out of place and windows randomly closing, then you will be happy to know that you can disable the trackpad to avoid these frustrating instances.

And if you use a mouse, there’s really no reason to leave the trackpad on, especially if you use an external keyboard.

Here’s how to turn your trackpad off in both cases.

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How to disable the trackpad on your Mac computer

1. Click the Apple logo in the upper left corner and select System Preferences.

2. Select Accessibility – not the Trackpad option.

You cannot turn off the trackpad via the Trackpad or Mouse icons in System Preferences.

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You cannot turn off the trackpad via the Trackpad or Mouse icons in System Preferences.
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3. Now click on the Mouse & Trackpad option on the left menu. If you have a mouse or wireless trackpad connected, simply check the box on the bottom to disable your trackpad.

Check this option to disable your trackpad whenever a mouse is connected.

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Check this option to disable your trackpad whenever a mouse is connected.
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4. If you don’t have a mouse connected, but want to disable the trackpad anyway, check the box to “Enable Mouse Keys” and then click Options. Then check the box to “Ignore built-in trackpad when Mouse Keys is on” and hit OK.

Mouse Keys uses certain numbers and letters on your keyboard to control your mouse.

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Mouse Keys uses certain numbers and letters on your keyboard to control your mouse.
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Mouse Keys is a function that lets certain numbers and letters on your keyboard – and the numeric keypad – control the movement of your cursor. If you also check the box to “Press the Option key five times to toggle Mouse Keys” you’ll be able to turn your trackpad on and off by tapping the Option key five times in a row.

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Language-learning app Duolingo is now valued at more than $1 billion after an investment from Google’s parent company

Language-learning app Duolingo is now valued at more than $1 billion after an investment from Google’s parent company

Duolingo is a language-learning service,
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Duolingo is a language-learning service,
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Language-learning service Duolingo just became Pittsburgh’s first unicorn, valued at $1.5 billion after a $30 million investment from Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

The company offers free language lessons on iOS, Android, and web, but most of its growth comes from the premium Duolingo Plus, which removes ads and lets users download lessons offline. Duolingo is currently the most downloaded education app in the world, and top-grossing language app.

Alphabet invested in Duolingo’s sixth funding round through its CapitalG investment fund, which focuses on later-stage startups and had previously invested in Duolingo, as well as in Airbnb, Glassdoor, and Lyft.

Duolingo may have tapped into a winning strategy by basing its operation away from the coasts. In 2018, Duolingo CEO and cofounder Luis Von Ahn described the company’s distance from Silicon Valley as an advantage in recruiting top talent.

“Being in a city that’s on the upswing is pretty good because you’re just getting a bunch of highly talented people wanting to move here. That has helped us,” he said on Business Insider’s podcast “Success! How I Did It.”

Part of Duolingo’s rise may be tied to its connection to Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Von Ahn, who helped pioneer the CAPTCHA and reCAPTCHA verification systems, has been affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for over a decade. The university provides an annual stream of graduates to work at Duolingo, and its leading reputation in tech has also led other major players to open research labs or offices in the city, including Uber, Google, and Facebook.

The other major advantage, according to Von Ahn, is a dramatically lower cost of living compared to Silicon Valley, and he estimates that as many as half of his employees own their own homes. In contrast, the West Coast tech hubs San Jose, San Francisco, and Seattle are three of the top five metro areas with the largest proportion of million-dollar homes in the US.

San Francisco in particular has become the icon of a city whose resources have been pushed to the limit by big tech. The city has an affordable-housing shortage, and one of the worst homelessness rates in the US. Even Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has acknowledged these problems. In an October Q&A, Zuckerberg said that Facebook was primarily expanding outside of San Francisco because the city’s infrastructure was “tapped.”

You should change this one setting on Disney Plus if you want to avoid accidentally blowing through your data

You should change this one setting on Disney Plus if you want to avoid accidentally blowing through your data

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  • Disabling autoplay on services like Disney Plus can help prevent you from accidentally blowing through your monthly data allotment.
  • Autoplay, which prompts the next episode of a TV series to begin as soon as the current one is finished, can be turned off with a few simple steps.
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Like Netflix, Disney Plus makes it easier than ever to binge-watch TV shows by automatically starting a new episode once the current one is finished.

But you may want to turn that feature off to avoid accidentally burning through your monthly allotment and paying extra, even if you’re binging on your TV at home. One Comcast customer, for example, ended up using his entire 1TB monthly data allotment in November and received an unexpected notice from the internet service provider, as USA Today reported.

If you want to turn off autoplay entirely to prevent a similar situation from occurring, here’s how to do it.


Launch the Disney Plus app on your mobile device, computer, or television and choose your profile.

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Tap or select your profile icon. The location of your profile icon may change depending on what type of device you’re using. In the mobile app for iPhone, for example, it’s located near the bottom right corner of the screen.

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Press the “Edit Profiles” button.

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Choose your profile.

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Tap the switch next to “Autoplay” to turn this feature on or off, and hit “Save.”

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Buffett-backed Restoration Hardware is betting a mysterious ‘Guesthouse’ will put it on the luxury map

Buffett-backed Restoration Hardware is betting a mysterious ‘Guesthouse’ will put it on the luxury map

  • Restoration Hardware is betting a mysterious “Guesthouse,” set to open in Manhattan next year, will elevate its brand and help it to compete with the world’s biggest luxury labels.
  • The high-end furniture maker – which Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway invested $206 million in last quarter – is “doing something that I think nobody can imagine,” CEO Gary Friedman said, adding that the property won’t feature any of its products.
  • The likes of Hermès and Chanel were “born at the top of the luxury mountain” and “don’t really want you to make that climb,” Friedman said.
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Restoration Hardware is betting a mysterious “Guesthouse” – set to open in Manhattan next year – will elevate its brand and help it to compete with the world’s biggest luxury labels.

The high-end furniture maker – which Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway invested $206 million in last quarter – is “doing something that I think nobody can imagine,” CEO Gary Friedman said on the group’s third-quarter earnings call Wednesday.

By all accounts, the Guesthouse will be a high-end hotel with swanky guestrooms, fancy furniture, attractive artwork, and gourmet dining. Yet Friedman offered few specifics, only stating that it’s not a hotel, a boutique hotel, or a product showroom.

“It’s not going to have any of our products,” he said. “That usually is what twists everybody’s head around a bit.”

The goal of the Guesthouse is to lift RH to the level of the leading luxury labels, which didn’t have to earn their prestige, Friedman said.

“All the best luxury brands, whether it’s Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, you name it, on and on, Christian Dior and all the others, they were all born at the top of the luxury mountain,” Friedman said.

“We’re one of the few that is trying to make the climb,” he continued. “The people at the top of the luxury mountain quite frankly don’t really want you to make that climb. They don’t really invite you to their party. You’re not from the neighborhood. You don’t have the background.”

“To make that climb up the luxury mountain you have to do things that create a forced reconsideration,” he added.

Critics have questioned why RH, rather than testing the concept away from the spotlight, is opening its Guesthouse in New York, Friedman said.

“We more operate from the Frank Sinatra model and believe that if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere,” he said. “That’s why it’s important to start in New York. You start in a city like that, it brings out your best work, it brings out your best thinking.”

Friedman finished by opaquely describing the Guesthouse as “something that’s entirely new, entirely unexpected,” before adding, “I’ve just told you entirely too much.”

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