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How to disable/turn off touchpad Chromebook

Posted by Heather on December 7, 2018
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, as a mouse allows for a higher level of dexterity and accuracy.

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

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. Or you have everything you need to clean the touchpad set up.  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 Chromebook’s settings.
  2. Next, click on Settings. If you need to, scroll down 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 it out, but we didn’t have any success.

On the plus side, turning off tap to click at least 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 drip soup on the touchpad and need to give it a scrub.

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.

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

Jeffrey says:
The techique in the post does not work. There is no “disable” option once you get to that menu.
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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.
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