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How to Disable the Touchpad and Touchscreen on a Google Chromebook

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

  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.

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