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I would like to find a way to turn my laptop touchpad on and off. (I generally use a mouse instead.)

I use an HP laptop. Thanks.

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@user13499 What is the model of your laptop? What version of Ubuntu are you running? – belacqua Apr 3 '11 at 2:53
Would the tool in this answer help? It allows complete control over the touchpad. – Nathan Osman Apr 3 '11 at 3:36
Hp g62. and ubuntu 10.10 – Jose King Apr 3 '11 at 3:37
-HP-G62-Notebook-PC:~$ sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package touchpad-indicator reborn@reborn-HP-G62-Notebook-PC:~$ – Jose King Apr 3 '11 at 3:43
@user: I think you need to add a repository first. – Nathan Osman Apr 3 '11 at 3:50

Touchpad-Indicator will allow you to toggle on/off the touchpad, simply, and quickly.

  • Open a terminal, and run the following:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:atareao/atareao.

sudo apt-get update.

sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator.

  • You may then launch touchpad-indicator from Accessories.

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Open gconf-editor, navigate to /desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad and uncheck "touchpad enabled".

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omg, thanks a thousand! – Jose King Apr 3 '11 at 3:57
@user13499: glad to help ;) (btw I have an HP too) - also remember to mark the question as answered by clicking the check box on my answer. – RolandiXor Apr 3 '11 at 4:01
The key "touchpad enabled" is not available on my system (a Dell Precision) – daniel kullmann Nov 16 '11 at 8:23
@danielkullmann what version of Ubuntu are you using? You may need to open a new question. – RolandiXor Nov 16 '11 at 13:25
I'm using 11.10 – daniel kullmann Nov 16 '11 at 16:20

[I've deleted my original answer due to obsolescence (see How to install Jupiter in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander?), but I've left the links to AU to possibly help future visitors.]

Also see these questions (answers could also be obsolete -- please comment and I'll fix/delete them):

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