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 Chromebook’s 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!
One problem that did occur, however, is the mouse pointer would end up half way 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 as well using the following steps.
Disable Chromebook Touchpad
- Open the browser and type in the following path in the address bar:
- Find Debugging Keyboard shortcuts (it should be highlighted by default) and click to Enable it. Then log out or restart the Chromebook.
- 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.