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I keep typing in the wrong place because of the pad getting touched while I am typing causing a click that re-place the cursor in another position. In Windows, I can easily disable that so the pad is only used to move the mouse cursor, but I didn't find similar option in Ubuntu. Any help?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Isn't this doing what you want?

mouse preferences window

This is in System / Preferences / Mouse.

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Hmmmm.... never saw that before!! Why would they put under mouse? In Windows it was an icon in the taskbar, so makes it easy to see. Thanks anyway, I will mark your answer as the accepted answer because it is easier. – Rafid Jan 17 '11 at 10:06
Would the general term "pointing device" be more discoverable than "mouse"? – loevborg Jan 17 '11 at 10:41

You can install touchpad-indicator to enable/disable the touchpad.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lorenzo-carbonell/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator

After installation you can find it under Applications Accessories Touchpad Indicator. indicator menu

Creating shortcut:

You can also create a shortcut for disabling/enabling the touchpad. touhcpad-indicator box


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That's great! Thanks. One problem though. Say I disabled the touchpad and then left my place and forgot to take the mouse with me. How can I re-enable it (without having the mouse)? – Rafid Jan 17 '11 at 8:21
Oh, the note is even better. Let me try it :-) – Rafid Jan 17 '11 at 8:22
@Promather You can set a shorcut,so that you can enable/disable the touchpad by pressing the combination of keys..See i have updated my answer.. – karthick87 Jan 17 '11 at 8:41
Yes, sorry for that, I should have seen that actually :-) – Rafid Jan 17 '11 at 9:23

I installed touchpad-incidactor from the ppa:atareao/atareao repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator
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