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How to disable touchpad tapping when typing on keyboard?

I'm using (K)ubuntu 12.04 LTS with a Synaptics touchpad. The palm sensitivity it terrible, whenever I'm typing the mouse suddenly jerks off to a different place. Is there a way to enable/increase palm sensitivity?

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marked as duplicate by mikewhatever, Nathan Osman, con-f-use, Stephen Myall, Ringtail Oct 24 '12 at 13:51

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@mikewhatever I do not want to disable touchpad tapping. I just want to increase palm sensitivity so that a palm touch is not sensed as a finger touch. Of what I know, it is possible to change the maximum "area of contact" in order to function, but I'm not sure. But I definitely don't want to disable tapping. –  asymptotically Oct 24 '12 at 1:53
Alright, let's keep it as a fallback option then. –  mikewhatever Oct 24 '12 at 2:31
If this is an "exact duplicate", can someone link me to the question? As I said in my comment, I do NOT want to disable tapping –  asymptotically Oct 24 '12 at 15:14
@everyone: I have to disagree that this is a duplicate question. This is a very valid question and becomes more valid with the new supersmooth touchpads which Ubuntu constantly fail to handle properly out of the box. –  Ubuntuser Aug 14 '14 at 17:16

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AFAIK, palm sensing is not exposed through the graphical touchpad configuration tool. That said, you could try playing with it by using synclient.

To see what options are available, run synclient -l | grep -i palm

PalmDetect              = 0
PalmMinWidth            = 10
PalmMinZ                = 200

Those are the options I see, so, to activate the palm sensing, run synclient PalmDetect=1, and then experiment with the values of the other two.

   "PalmMinWidth" "integer"
          Minimum finger width at which touch is considered a palm.  Prop‐
          erty: "Synaptics Palm Dimensions"

   "PalmMinZ" "integer"
          Minimum  finger  pressure  at  which touch is considered a palm.
          Property: "Synaptics Palm Dimensions"

When you find the right values, create a startup entry in Startup Applications with a command of the following form:

synclient PalmDetect=1 PalmMinWidth=xx PalmMinZ=yy

...where xx and yy are the desired values.

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Thanks! Exactly what I needed! –  asymptotically Oct 24 '12 at 15:23
Seems to work when I test it, but periodically I still get accidental palm touchpad click events that move the cursor. GUess I need to play with the values again since the defaults weren't good at detecting my palm. Crazy these options are not available through settings, somehow. –  noisygecko May 31 '13 at 15:05
For my ASUS S-200, which has an ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad, I found good settings were PalmMinWidth=5 and PalmMinZ=20. YPMV. (Your palms may vary) –  ngm Jul 21 '13 at 9:52

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