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Solved - deactivating the laptop touchpad

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Solved - deactivating the laptop touchpad

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Post by namida12 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:40 am

desensitizing against palms brushing the touchpad versus opening case and permanently deactivating the touchpad completely...

I am not a laptop user, and understand that the Chromebook no-longer allows the user to toggle touchscreen and the touchpad on-and-off (ie., Shift+Search+T and Shift+Search+P, respectively). This worked great for many years but required the enabling chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts... and it even worked with the stable version of ChromeOS. Have not repurchased a chromebook using MX-18 and Antix-17.3.1 on the two laptops, but I need to be able to toggle touchpad off when typing.

I understand that "gpointing-device-settings" accomplishes this in Ubuntu. Is this tool available in MX-18 and AntiX for klutz's like myself that continually brush the touchpad quite often when trying to type on my Dell laptops.

Understand some laptops have a function key to enable/disable the touchpad do not find these controls on the Dell Inspiron 1500 14 inch device.

JR
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Re: deactivating the laptop touchpad

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Post by Richard » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:49 am

Open
Menu > Settings > Mouse and Keyboard

I have gotten some relief from these.
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Re: deactivating the laptop touchpad

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Post by j2mcgreg » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:16 pm

Understand some laptops have a function key to enable/disable the touchpad do not find these controls on the Dell Inspiron 1500 14 inch device.

JR
There isn't one to find. Dell turned that control over to Windows, starting with Win 7.
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Re: deactivating the laptop touchpad

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Post by caprea » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:34 pm

On antiX (also on MX )this command from terminal will disable the touchpad while typing.

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syndaemon -i 2 -d
This will last for the session you are in, if you like to make it permanent, you can write it to the startupfile in desktopsession.
controlcenter-->session–->Usersession
like this
syndaemon -i 2 -d &
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Re: deactivating the laptop touchpad

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Post by Jerry3904 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:36 pm

The app touchpad-indicator works very well and is extremely convenient.
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Re: deactivating the laptop touchpad

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Post by manyroads » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:41 pm

Jerry3904 wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:36 pm
The app touchpad-indicator works very well and is extremely convenient.
Woohoo @Jerry3904 I did not know about that app. It seems to work for me!
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Re: deactivating the laptop touchpad

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Post by Sparky » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:33 pm

Jerry3904 wrote:
Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:36 pm
The app touchpad-indicator works very well and is extremely convenient.
Didn't know about this either, it is very useful, thanks!
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Re: deactivating the laptop touchpad

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Post by Fibogacci » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:34 pm

On my Dell Inspiron I use this solution:

Step 1.
Open terminal (F4 - default shortcut in MX)

Step 2.
In terminal:
$ synclient touchpadoff=1

That's it. Touchpad deactivated.

If you'd like to turn on touchpad again, you must use:
$ synclient touchpadoff=0

It can be add to aliases in .bashrc, for example name it "toff" and "ton" or whatever you like:
alias toff="synclient touchpadoff=1"
alias ton="synclient touchpadoff=0"

edit:

I've installed touchpad-indicator now. It is really great.
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Re: deactivating the laptop touchpad

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Post by Stevo » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:42 pm

Maybe touchpad-indicator needs some more publicity in the wiki or even the FAQ?

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Re: deactivating the laptop touchpad

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Post by Jerry3904 » Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:14 pm

It's beautifully written software and very user oriented.
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