24
May
2015

Ubuntu 15.04: Disable the Touchpad when a USB mouse is present

If you’ve ever used a laptop with an external mouse, you may find yourself nudging the touchpad with your palms whilst typing. Under Windows, you can configure the mouse drivers (for example, Synaptic) to do this for you, but there is a handy Linux plugin to enable this functionality:

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To install this, add its repository using the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao

Then run sudo apt-get update and then sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator to install the program! Launch it from the Accessories menu, and you’ll get the following icon in the system tray:

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Click it and select Preferences, then go to Actions:

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Click the topmost button: Disable touchpad when mouse plugged. Now, plug a USB mouse in. You should get the following message:

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…and the touchpad should not function until you unplug the mouse again! Happy days!

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