Friday, July 29, 2011

disable touchpad while typing

On laptops, the touchpad sometimes gets in the way of typing. It is possible to configure the touchpad so that it is automatically disabled while typing.

I did this in KUbuntu 10.04

This is done using syndaemon (found in package xserver-xorg-input-synaptics). Create a script called with the following content:
syndaemon -i 1 -d
Then set the script as executable and place it in your startup scripts (System Settings > Startup)
May need to restart...

1 comment:

  1. On my new Dell E6420 laptop, the touchpad is not properly recognized by synaptik. I found a solution online to enable/disable the touchpad by pressing some hotkey combination.

    1) Install the following script:
    It finds the touchpad and allows to toggle its enabled/disabled state
    2) Configure KDE so that a hotkey combo calls the script (I set it to Ctrl-Shift-F5)

    It's not as good as syndaemon that disables the touchpad when I am typing, but that's better than nothing...