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I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 on Dell Inspiron N5110. As the touch pad is a bit large in this model it’s frequently getting in my way while typing. Although I try my best to not touch it, the cursor still gets moved and ruins what I am typing.

I remember an option in the "Mouse and Touchpad" utility which let us lock the touchpad while we are typing but I couldn't find that option in this utility now.

Any clue?

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Use syndaemon to disable while typing. Syntax is syndaemon [-i idle-time] [-d]
So something like syndaemon -i 4 -d Or, you could disable it completely with this command synclient TouchpadOff=1
Add them to your startup applications

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This solution works with all Desktops and Window Managers, xubuntu lubuntu kubuntu, gnome xfce kde fluxbox icewm. Great job. – Sepero Jul 1 '12 at 23:44
syndaemon -i .5 -K -t -R -d will just disable clicking, while allowing movement – Jared Forsyth Nov 11 '13 at 16:21

I could fix this using dconf-editor, under org > gnome > settings daemon > peripherals > touchpad. There's an option to disable the touchpad while typing.

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I also don't have the "touchpad" tab in system settings. Let me know if works for you.

UPDATE: I've just upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and the "touchpad tab" issue is fixed. At least with my laptop.

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Not working under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS – Lamy Dec 9 '14 at 6:44

Open System Settings.

Go to "Mouse and Touchpad"

Click on the Touchpad tab.

mark "Disable touchpad while typing."

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I don't have the Tcouhpad tab. I do remember this tab as this is actually what I used in past but it's not available now. – mustu Dec 5 '11 at 4:22
what's your output of xinput list – severin Dec 5 '11 at 13:33
⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)] ⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳ ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint id=13 [slave pointer (2)] – mustu Dec 7 '11 at 19:54
I think it has detected it as ImPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint – mustu Dec 7 '11 at 19:55
I have the "disable touchpad while typing" option CHECKED and still I'm having problems. What's wrong? Mine is an integrated Synaptics PS/2 touchpad. – Martin Oscar Caballero Dec 16 '12 at 14:50

I personally find that the mouse an touchpad settings that come with Ubuntu don't quite do the job and my mouse is always moving around. I use the following program to manually turn off the touchpad when I want. Not quite as elegant as turning off when typing, but for me much more effective.

sudo apt-get install gpointing-device-settings
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