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Back when I first started with Ubuntu, around October, I was attempting to disable my touchpad because FN-F9 (on my toshiba laptop) does not work. In my annoyance I used this help and ran this command:

xinput set-prop 12 "Device Enabled" 0

I recently had the desire to re-enable my touchpad, and was attempting to do so, but, to my avail, I could not.

My settings do not list a touchpad

I ran


and this only lists my wireless mouse.

Toggling with

synclient touchpadoff=1
synclient touchpadoff=0

has no effect.


Does not list a touch pad, only a toshiba input device.

⎡ Virtual core pointer                      id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer            id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Logitech Unifying Device. Wireless PID:1025   id=11   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                     id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard           id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                          id=6    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Video Bus                             id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                          id=8    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ USB Camera                            id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard          id=10   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Toshiba input device                  id=12   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Logitech Logitech Wireless Headset    id=14   [slave  keyboard (3)]

Touchpad indicator does not allow me to re-enable the touchpad.

So I booted into windows and re-enabled it. However, this method will not work for someone without a windows partition like I have and so we come back to my original question, how do I re-enable my touchpad?

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To disable/enable the touchpad I use synclient touchpadoff=1 and synclient touchpadoff=0, but I suppose it could not work on all touchpads. – enzotib Jul 24 '13 at 5:38
Thanks for the response. I suppose I should have remembered that. But I tried that, and tried it again, and it has no effect. – CopaceticMan Jul 25 '13 at 14:55
I think you should use this: for disabling touchpad – Rodislav Jul 25 '13 at 15:16
Can you enable it in BIOS? (please don't include "Solved" in your title... – Fabby Jun 1 at 20:24

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