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 11:11:19 UTC 2017


On Wed, 2017-12-27 at 20:37 +1100, Owen Thomas wrote:
> 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.

Sorry if I am coming too late to this party, but have you tried the
settings application yet? I turn the touchpad off on all my laptops, as
I prefer a mouse and dislike stray cursor movements. The settings app
has always worked for me, including on Dell hardware.

On my current Lenovo, the settings app allows the touchpad to be turned
off and on; when on, the pointer speed can be adjusted, tap to click
can be enabled or disabled, as can two-finger scrolling and so called
"natural" scrolling.

Regards, K.

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