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 off the feature.  You can also re-enable the Chromebook touchpad as you need.

Why would you disable or turn off the touchpad on your Chromebook?

Perhaps you prefer to use a mouse connected via USB or Bluetooth, or you want more control over the on-screen cursor and actions needed while using your Chromebook, as a mouse allows for a higher level of dexterity and accuracy.

Maybe you just need to clean the touchpad? It is, after all, advised that you disable the touchpad whenever you need to do more than just give it a quick wipe down.

How Do I Disable My Chromebook Touchpad?

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 Chromebook’s settings.
  2. Next, click on Settings. If necessary, scroll down to where it says “Device.”  Here, you can adjust touchpad settings or disable “tap to click.”
  3. Click Touchpad and mouse settings. This opens the 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.”

Originally, you could disable the touchpad on a Chromebook completely, but recent Chromebook updates removed the ability to do so. You can’t even use the input control command in Crosh to adjust the advanced touchpad and mouse settings anymore.

On the plus side, turning off “tap to click” means you won’t need to worry about clicking things every time you accidentally brush the touchpad, and you don’t need to worry about digging a five-year-old mouse out of storage the next time you accidentally drop soup!

If the above suggestions don’t work for your brand of Chromebook, Marcel (registered user of Tech Junkie) suggested that you try enabling ash-debug-shortcuts in Chrome Flags. The process enables additional keyboard shortcuts to help with debugging, but they also work to disable Chromebook touchpad functionality.

  1. Type the following code in the browser address bar: chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts
  2. Select Enable
  3. Restart Chromebook
  4. Press Search + Shift + P to disable/enable the touchpad

Thanks for the tip Marcel!

If all else fails, try factory resetting your Chromebook.

7 thoughts on “How to disable/turn off touchpad Chromebook”

Avatar Steve says:
This will no longer work on ASUS Chromebook Flip C434. I chatted w/tech services and they have no other solution
Avatar steve says:
Update. I tried it and it works. ASUS tech support didn’t know the trick. Great job.
Avatar Tami says:
Marcel’s tip works perfectly, and always has. Thanks
Avatar Dick McClard says:
I taped some aluminum foil over the mousepad. Works good for me.
Avatar Dick McClard says:
I taped some aluminum foil over the mouse pad.
Avatar QWERTY Gigs says:
Nice!
Avatar Marcel says:
Enable ash-debug-shortcuts in Chrome Flags. This just enables additional keyboard shortcuts to assist in debugging options for developers, however it works for this scenario.

Enter the following in the address bar of Chrome.
chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts

Set to Enable and then Restart.

Once restarted you can use the following keyboard shortcuts to activate/deactivate the Touchpad.
Search + Shift + P

Avatar Reinaldo Prado says:
Marcel’s solution actually works very well.
Avatar Mark M says:
I also had success with this solution
Avatar Jeffrey says:
The techique in the post does not work. There is no “disable” option once you get to that menu.
Avatar jim says:
I have a Dell Chromebook, your advice did NOT work.
Avatar Dan says:
This will void your warranty, but will get it done.
Unscrew all the screws on the bottom of your Chromebook, make sure to look under all rubber feet. Pop it open using a plastic spudger(wedge) to pull the keyboard off. There are two cables from the keyboard, one for keyboard, one for touchpad. Disconnect the one for the touchpad and put it back together.
Avatar Theo says:
Dan,
Although, i’m not going to do that – i thought your answer was cool.

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