Disable touchpad (was: Re: switch off auto-selection of text (or what ever it is called ..))
owen.paul.thomas at gmail.com
Wed Dec 27 09:37:58 UTC 2017
Ubuntu does many things very well, but I have been thinking for some time
that it could make life easier by allowing the user of the OS installed on
a Dell to disable and re-enable the touchpad as well as controlling other
aspects of the touchpad which can frustrate and confound with a simple set
of keystrokes. Many users would be thankful that they don't themselves have
to resort to thinking about how to hack together a bespoke solution for
what appears to be features that the hardware appears to support and may
have done so for some time. It would be lovely to see this enhancement on a
future release of the OS.
Other than my sage advice as to what capabilities I think would be valuable
in a future version of Ubuntu, I'm not a contributor. Perhaps those who are
might think this is a good enhancement to make.
On 27 December 2017 at 19:59, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 27 December 2017 at 09:46, Karl Auer <kauer at biplane.com.au> wrote:
> > 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.
> So you have an Alps driver.
> Another poster had a Synaptics driver.
> Neither of our Dell owners seems to know what trackpad they have or
> what, if any, driver they are using.
> As I already said: they need to make sure they're using the right driver.
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