[xubuntu-users] Touchpad timeout

MR ZenWiz mrzenwiz at gmail.com
Mon Oct 8 19:29:55 UTC 2018

On Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM Victor Forberger <vforberger at fastmail.fm> wrote:
> On 10/08/2018 08:20 AM, Mike Simms wrote:
> > On my laptop, the touchpad is 'flush' with the body of the computer -
> > it's not recessed liek older laptops used to be. This means that as I
> > type I often touch it accidentally with say the wrist and the focus
> > jumps to where the cursor is, a few words get typed into the wrong place
> > on the screen!
> >
> > I know about the "disable touchpad while typing", I have set to 0.5
> > seconds, but it still keeps happening. Is there anywhere a smarter
> > method if controlling the touchpad behaviour?
> >
> >
> Mike,
> You want to use the terminal command synclient to make adjustments. Use
> synclient -l
> to see current settings. Do some internet searching for various options.
> See my review of my laptop for how I used synclient to adjust the
> middle-click timing of my track-pad.
> https://linuxatty.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/review-galago-pro-from-system-76-and-xubuntu-18-04-bionic-beaver/
> And, FWIW, I don't like to disable my track-pad when typing. I find that
> the main problem are the settings for double and triple clicking on the
> track-pad rather than its sensitivity when typing. So, I have all of
> those features turned off.
> - Victor
I have one of those older laptops with a recessed touchpad.  I
disabled the touchpad altogether.

When I'm typing, the last thing I need is for the mouse cursor
suddenly to leap out of my window, or worse, to somewhere else in my
window (i.e. document), because one of my fingers inadvertently
touched the pad.  It destroys the continuity of my typing and
interrupts whatever thought I might be trying to express, just to find
the cursor and where it reappeared and undo the damage.

I don't miss the touchpad at all, and my mouse is far more convenient
to use, even if I don't have a desk to put the laptop on, or a lot of
space for the mouse.  I prefer using the keyboard anyway, and a real
mouse beats a touchpad any day hands down to the max.

That's just me.  YMMD.

Mark Richter
Senior Staff Engineer
FSF Member #12694 http://www.fsf.org
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