How to disable/turn off touchpad Chromebook

How to disable/turn off touchpad Chromebook

If you use your Chromebook as a daily computer and don’t need the use of touchpad capabilities, you can disable or turn that feature off.  You can also re-enable it when you do need the use of your Chromebooks touch pad.

Why would you disable or turn off the touchpad on your Chromebook?  Perhaps you prefer to use a mouse connected via USB or Bluetooth. This can also give you more control over the on-screen cursor and actions you need to take while using your Chromebook.

Let’s jump right into how you can disable or turn off the touchpad on your Chromebook.

Turn off or Disable your Chromebook touchpad

So, you’ve got your super stellar mouse all hooked up to your Chromebook.  Now you need to disable the built-in touchpad on your Chromebook.  The first thing you’ll want to do is navigate to the lower right-hand side of your Chromebook.  Then, follow these steps;

  1. Click on your Profile picture to get to your Chromebooks settings.
  2. Next, click on Settings. Scroll down if needed to where it says Device.  Here you can adjust touchpad settings or disable tap to click.
  3. Click the Touchpad or Touchpad and mouse settings button. This opens the Touchpad and Touchpad and mouse settings window.  Now you can adjust the way the touchpad and mouse interact with your Chromebook.
  4. Uncheck the box under touchpad where it says enable tap to click.

You used to be able to disable the touchpad functionality on a Chromebook completely.  Since recent Chrome OS updates, the developers have removed the ability to do that.  You can’t even use the input control command in crosh to adjust the advanced touchpad and mouse settings any more.  We tried but didn’t have any success.

If, you’ve got a tip on how to turn off or disable the touchpad that we’ve not covered, leave us a comment below.

Posted by Heather on November 15, 2016

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