How to Disable Touchpad While Typing in Ubuntu

If you are a laptop user, don’t you hate it when the touchpad get in the way while you were typing? This can be particularly annoying when you are typing an essay and the accidental touch on the touchpad keep moving the cursor away. Not only does it slow you down, you will have to spend more time to correct the mistake. In Ubuntu, if you are not fancy of using any script, then the touchpad indicator is a good alternative solution for you.

As its name implies, the touchpad-indicator is an appindicator that allows you to manage the touchpad directly from the system tray. It is simple, lightweight, and it just works.


Open a terminal and type the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator


Once installed, you should see a touchpad icon at your system tray. All you have to do is to right click on it and select “Disable Touchpad” and your touchpad will be instantly disabled.


If you head to its Preferences section, you will create your own shortcut key to enable/disable the touchpad. This is useful when your touchpad is disabled and you want to turn it back on again. The shortcut is OFF by default, so make sure you turn it on before you disable the touchpad.


For those who are using external mouse, you will be glad to know that it comes with an option to “disable touchpad when mouse plugged”. Other options include “Enable touchpad on exit”, “disable touchpad on exit” and “disable touchpad when touchpad-indicator starts”.


The General options tab contains standard settings like “Autostart”, “Start hidden” and “show notifications” etc.

One thing that is seriously missing from the app is the functionality “disable touchpad while typing”. You can either disable or enable the touchpad, there is no middle point to detect any typing and disable the touchpad momentarily. Other than that, this is almost the perfect app to manage your touchpad.

Try it out and let us know if this works for you.

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Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.

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