switch off auto-selection of text (or what ever it is called ..)

Owen Thomas owen.paul.thomas at gmail.com
Tue Dec 26 22:14:53 UTC 2017

I have a Dell Latitude E5570, and I know well the frustrations of the Dell
touchpad. I had an HP once running Windows 8 (I think?), and I found the
feature where the touchpad could be disabled while one is typing to be very
useful. So far, I have not been able to find or enable the same
functionality in Dell that can be used in Ubuntu.

However, it seems that I may have provided a clue as to Robert's (and
indeed my) problem. Perhaps something will come of this... perhaps someone
from Dell is listening.


On 27 December 2017 at 00:31, Peter Flynn <peter at silmaril.ie> wrote:

> On 26/12/17 08:52, robert wrote:
>> On 25.12.2017 12:36, Owen Thomas wrote:
>>> This has happened to be before too.
>>> I think Robert is describing a situation where he clicks the mouse
>>> somewhere, and then, after releasing the mouse button, he moves the mouse
>>> cursor, by moving his mouse, elsewhere. He frustratingly observes all text
>>> in the application where he clicked to the place in nearest proximity to
>>> where the moved the cursor to has been highlighted.
>> exactly
>>> I have had this problem too, and I believe it is because I have
>>> accidentally enabled some assisted typing facility. I don't know how to
>>> stop it, but thankfully it hasn't happened to me in a while.
>>> I don't know how to fix it, but it could be a hardware thing? What type
>>> of hardware have you got Robert?
>> dell xps15
> I have the identical problem...on my XPS 15, and AFAICS its the touchpad
> hardware settings.
> (I'm also curious to know — in another thread, I suggest — how you got
> Ubuntu installed at all, as none of the flavours will boot from the USB for
> me — they all hang on the fourth coloured dot while the Ubuntu logo is
> on-screen during bootup, apparently because the video driver is mismatched.
> I found that Mint doesn't do this, and it detects *and* installs *and*
> fixes the NVidia driver problems *and* correctly updates grub, which no
> other distro would do on this laptop).
> The XPS 15 touchpad is GROSSLY oversensitive, and I did at some stage
> during OS/boot experimentation discover a command which reveals and allows
> setting dozens of touchpad parameters. But I don't have that link with me
> right now. Now that I have a fairly stable installation, I need to revisit
> this and find settings that work — but it will be a long process, as I
> don't actually understand what a lot of the settings were called.
> But it is a known problem, and I believe people have solved it.
> ///Peter
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