Disable touchpad (was: Re: switch off auto-selection of text (or what ever it is called ..))

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Wed Dec 27 08:46:44 UTC 2017


I've started a new thread as this seemed to have nothing to do with
autoselection of text.

There is a settings option to turn your touchpad on and off. It seems
to be global. It does not affect a mouse, trackball or touchpoint, just
the touchpad. OR use the same method as given below for a touchpoint,
making the obvious substitutions.

To turn your mouse off, unplug it :-)

To turn off your trackpoint, use xinput list to locate the device, then
to list the properties of it, then to set the enabled property to off. 
E.g. on my Lenovo:

xinput list
...
...AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint Stick id=13 ...
...

xinput -list-props 13
Device 'AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint Stick':
	Device Enabled (143):	1
...

xinput -set-prop "AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint Stick" "Device Enabled" 0

Regards, K.

PS: Written in haste. Usual provisos.

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