The button under settings unfortunately will be reverted as soon as I reboot. Why is there no button to disable the touchpad permamently?

  • What windowmanager are you using ? – Panther Jun 20 '14 at 22:30
  • Standard Ubuntu 14.04. Unity? – empedokles Jun 20 '14 at 22:39

Why not creating the one yourself? There some workaround.


  • Find StartUp Applications on dash search and start it up
  • Click 'Add' button, this will show you a dialog
  • Copy paste the following command to Command textbox :

    /usr/bin/gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.touchpad touchpad-enabled 'false'
  • Add Name and Comment as you like

  • Click 'Ok' button

Shortcut Bind

Or, you can bind the following toggle script with keyboard in the setting

  • Go to [System Settings] => [Keyboard] => [Shortcut] => [Custom Shortcut] => [+].
  • Fill Name as you like
  • Fill the command something like the following

    state=`/usr/bin/gsettings get org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.touchpad touchpad-enabled`; if [ "$state" == "true" ]; then /usr/bin/gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.touchpad touchpad-enabled 'false'; else /usr/bin/gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.touchpad touchpad-enabled 'true'; fi
  • Click Ok

  • Customize the shortcut.

Try installing the touchpad-indicator applet utility which will place a indicator icon of which you can quickly disable/enable the touchpad with and see if that works and sticks during a reboot. You will need to add this ppa, here are the install details.

Open up Terminal and issue:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator

FYI - I don't have this issue and can't reproduce it using a Lenovo Thinkpad with 14.04 Unity (Stock install). So if touchpad-indicator doesn't work either, then you may have something else going on.

  • You got a button to permanently disable it under settings? I'm using a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge 130. – empedokles Jun 21 '14 at 9:54
  • Yes there is a on/off slider type button switch. I turned it to off and the touchpad is then disabled immediately and for reboots or complete shutdown. You don't have this button? – Keith Pawson Jun 22 '14 at 2:02
  • I have this button under settings. But it only will work for the current session. On each reboot the touchpad is turned back on. – empedokles Jun 23 '14 at 5:20

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