Ubuntu 16.04 - there is no option for configuration of Touchpad like: "disable during typing", "palm detection".

Is there any workaround (as typing has become difficult issue)?

  • is there a mouse & touchpad on all settings ?? i.imgur.com/NxATSbJ.png Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 6:18
  • Go to All Settings -> Mouse and Touchpad -> Device Tab -> Choose (Elantech) Touchpad from the scroll-down list -> Go to Touchpad Tab -> Check `Disable touchpad while typing' option.
    – ipse lute
    Commented Jun 28, 2016 at 7:36
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    @ipselute I also don't see a "devices tab" on the "Mouse and Touchpad" section of Settings. The only options under the touchpad section at "Mouse and Touchpad" are: pointer speed, tap to click, 2 finger scrolling, and natural scrolling.
    – rik-shaw
    Commented Jul 11, 2016 at 15:23

2 Answers 2


Have you tried xinput ?


This will show all your device, note the ID for your touchpad.

xinput --watch-props <device number>

Above command will show the properties for your device, if you can see a propertly lik "libinput Disable While Typing Enabled" you are good to go.

xinput set-prop 13 "libinput Disable While Typing Enabled" 1

The above command will fix it for you.

Regards, Shivam

  • Thanks Shivam, I did find out number of my device and list of property also but there was no line like" libinput Disable While Typing Enabled". I could locate palm detection property set to 0 but could not made any change in it
    – Kamlesh
    Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 8:16
  • Hi Kamlesh! Are you able to check the version of xinput using xinput -v. Mine is ( xinput version 1.6.2 XI version on server: 2.3). What all properties can you see? Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 9:12
  • Just another follow up, have you got libinput installed? This can be used in ubuntu 15.10+. Please refer [link](these:askubuntu.com/questions/649103/…) Commented Jul 2, 2016 at 9:54
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    The thing is a bit of a bummer nowadays with libinput there. We probably need to wait till the whole functionality gets ported to the new architecture. Commented Aug 18, 2018 at 20:03

Installing touch pad indicator form this link http://www.ubuntuupdates.org/package/atareao_atareao/xenial/main/base/touchpad-indicator had given me some configuration help. I am able to disable touch pad while typing, but it crash frequently.

  • it is working well with Ubuntu 16.04.1
    – Kamlesh
    Commented Jul 29, 2016 at 13:40
  • After some work around I cam across ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2316240, I came to know actually I was running two touch pad , with this work around every thing seems to be working fine
    – Kamlesh
    Commented Sep 1, 2016 at 13:42
  • Always crash upon launch, its also removed from atareao's repository
    – tribbloid
    Commented Sep 23, 2016 at 20:14

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