How do I disable the trackpad in ubuntu 10.04?


I have an usb radio mouse, so I would like to disable the trackpad to while i have the mouse plugged in. Is there a nice and easy way to do this ?

Asked by Scott


If you have a Synaptics touchpad (very common in laptops), you can disable the trackpad using the synclient command. See
for a thorough explanation.

You could either bind that command to a key, or have it executed automatically when the USB mouse is (un)plugged by putting an appropriate script into udev. The latter might be a bit tricky though.

If you are just annoyed that you brush the touchpad while typing, there’s a daemon to disable the touchpad while typing:

Answered by sleske