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Is there a way to reduce the sensitivity to touch of the touchpad? I keep accidentally clicking while typing (disable while typing seems to have little use).

Other possible solutions to my issue: Hold a key to enable click of the touchpad. This way I can do work while holding key, otherwise it becomes inactive (ideal).

I cannot disable tough-to-click since the buttons on the touchpad are touch-enabled and very hard to press. You can imagine how painful/inaccurate that setup becomes.

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up vote 13 down vote accepted

In the Software Center there is an application called Pointing Devices sudo apt-get install gpointing-device-settings That should have everything you need.

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I f-ing love you man. I think you just may saved me a bit of sanity. bows... Nifty settings like palm detection, pressure sensitivity, etc. Oh man. The problem is that each settings mechanism is not independent. I still need to use mouse settings to get tapping/two finger scrolling working, and gpointing-device-settings to get the advanced features. -1 to the devs for not integrating. – Dmitriy Likhten May 12 '11 at 13:11

Go to Mouse settings. Under the General tab, there should be a slider for adjusting sensitivity under the Pointer Speed category.

I don't know if there's a way to hold a key down to toggle the touchpad on and off, but you can set a keyboard shortcut to do so. Open up Keyboard Shortcuts, then press the 'Add' button and, under command, enter gconftool-2 /desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad/touchpad_enabled --toggle. Enter a name for the action, e.g. 'Toggle touchpad'. After applying, back in the main Keyboard Shortcuts window, under the 'Shortcut' column, enter in a keyboard shortcut of your choice.

screenshot of keyboard shortcuts

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Not even close, my friend. I don't care about pointer speed or responsiveness. I need touch sensitivity as in I want a light touch to be ignored. – Dmitriy Likhten May 12 '11 at 13:05
The setting was, in fact, for touch sensitivity (even though it was under the pointer speed category for some reason -- probably because the two do affect each other), but I'm glad you were able to find another solution that met your needs. – Mandy May 12 '11 at 15:49
wish I could accept two answers. I am using your suggestion for the disabling of the touchpad to one of the media buttons supplied by hp with my keyboard (not a big fan of em but hey, still good). This really helps since when I am typing I really want my touchpad dead for usually extended periods of time. – Dmitriy Likhten May 13 '11 at 4:53
is there any support for the enable/disable touchpad light+functionality present in the HP touchpads (theres an area in the upper left corner where in windows it will disable the touchpad and give a nifty light, that would be awesome) – Dmitriy Likhten May 13 '11 at 4:55
I'm glad my answer was helpful. I got the button above my touchpad working by pressing it instead of a keyboard shortcut using the same method as above. Not sure if it'll work with your machine, but it's worth a try. The light is always on, though; not sure how to deal with that. – Mandy May 13 '11 at 6:50
syndaemon  - a program that monitors keyboard activity and disables the
             touchpad when the keyboard is being used.

Here is an example of how to use it: syndaemon -dtKRi 2

  • -d Runs the program in the background.
  • -t Disables clicks, but not mouse movement.
  • -K Allows you to still be able to Ctrl+click.
  • -R Uses XRecord extension to monitor the mouse instead of constant polling. (may not work for some ppl)
  • -i 2 Disables the touchpad for 2 seconds after pressing a keyboard key.
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