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How to Disable the Touchpad and Touchscreen on a Google Chromebook

If you own a Google Chromebook and want to turn off the touchpad while typing and toggle it back on later if you need it here’s how to do it.

I gave my parents a Chromebook because all they need to do is email, browsing, and shopping online. I used to have them set up with a Windows machine several years ago, but that ended up with me having to do more tech support than I cared to provide. So, when the first Chromebooks came out, it was an easy decision to switch. Plus, Jack has been talking about his love for Chromebooks for a long time — which is a great reference for me!

However, one problem that did occur is the mouse pointer would end up halfway across the screen, or the cursor would disappear while typing emails.

I watched as they typed and noticed that they were resting their hands on the touchpad, which caused the cursor to go all over the place. Since they use a connected mouse, I did some research and found how to disable the trackpad.

If you own a Google Chromebook and are having a similar situation, here’s how to turn off the touchpad and toggle it back on later if you need it.

Note: You will need to be running Chrome OS 48 or higher on your device for this to work. Also, if you have a more modern Chromebook with a touchscreen, you can disable that using the following steps.

Disable Chromebook Touchpad

  1. Open the browser and type in the following path in the address bar:

chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts

Chromebook Flag

  1. Find Debugging Keyboard shortcuts (it should be highlighted by default) and click to Enable it. Then log out or restart the Chromebook.

  1. When you log back in, hit the keyboard combo, Search + Shift + P to toggle off the Touchpad. Or, if you want to disable the touchscreen, use the keyboard combo Search + Shift + T.

That’s all there is to it. If you would like to do the same on a Windows laptop, check out our article on how to disable the touchpad on laptops. Or, you might want to check out a third-party utility like TouchFreeze.

24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. John Reepmeyer

    I am having the same problem. When I type, I hit the touchpad. I went through the steps you suggested, but the touchpad is still active. What am I doing wrong? I have an Acer Chromebook R11.

    • ttr

      try restarting the chromebook

      And its SHIFT-SEARCH-P so if its anything else wont work

  2. John Reepmeyer

    I previously commented that it did not work on my Acer Chromebook, but I was wrong (made a mistake). Yes, it does work on my Acer Chromebook. Also, the settings are kept if you sign out and sign back in. Thank you so much.

  3. Patrick

    I just tried it and it didn’t work. I have an Acer Chromebook.

  4. Gary

    Worked on my HP Chromebook. Thx for the info. It makes a Chromebook a much more usable product.

  5. Jacob

    Thank you! It worked On my lenovo thinkpad 11e yoga chromebook 4th gen

    • Kara Meltzer

      it didnt work on mine

  6. Linlin

    Thank you for sharing this information. It worked for me.

  7. Sunny

    Will this still work if I have already assigned a new key to the SEARCH BUTTON ??
    I made my SEARCH KEY a CAPS LOCK KEY when I first got the Chromebook.

    • ttr

      I think so

      if not you can do Alt-search for caps lock

  8. Lea

    I have a school Chromebook and it keeps moving when I try to trace my pictures

  9. Joseph

    I tried to do this on my HP Chromebook and it still did not work. What am I doing wrong? Or is it just the type of laptop that I have?

    • Joseph Gutierrez

      Nevermind it worked!! I had to use a different key than I initially thought since I don’t have a “search” key. Thank you so much for the help.

      • Katie

        Which other key did you use because I don’t have a search key either

  10. Kevin

    Thank you! Worked on my Acer too.

  11. Donn Gregory

    Didn’t work on my HP chromebook (new when the stimulus came)

  12. i need helppp

    HOW DO I ENABLE IT HOW DO I ENABLE IT, I TURNT OFF MY TOUCHPAD AND IT WONT COME BACK ON, HELP ME PLEASE

    • Aurora

      I dont know, Im having the same problem.

  13. Aurora

    I turned off my touch screen and touch pad on my acer chrome book, but I can’t turn them back on? Is there any way to?

  14. hunter/harley

    will the shift+search+p work on the other things on the other website or no

  15. Mis

    So I typed in chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts, but when I click enter, it says that “The person who set up this computer has chosen to block this site.” Any idea how to override this? (I use a school chrmebook, by the way.)

  16. Alyssa fry

    This doesn’t work I tried it on my Chromebook and it doesn’t work

  17. sandra

    how do you get it to turn back on? i turned off my touchscreen to trace pictures but cant turn it back on.

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