I have a laptop (Dell Inspiron) with a touch display. Is there a way to turn the touch functionality of this display off and on with the touch of a button or a key combination?

I am running Kubuntu 18.04

  • The same switch that worked in Windows is likely to work in Ubuntu. – user692175 Nov 13 '17 at 19:07
  • @MichaelBay This does not really help. The laptop came preinstalled with Ubuntu. I don`t use Windows. I am searching for a software button since as far as I can tell there is no hardware button. – Bruni Nov 13 '17 at 20:04
  • I use ` xinput --disable 'ELAN Touchscreen'` to disable mine, since I never use the touch capabilities. – John Anderson Aug 22 '18 at 14:55
  • @JohnAnderson stupid question, before I try: Will xinput --enable 'ELAN Touchscreen' reenable it? – Bruni Aug 22 '18 at 14:59
  • @JohnAnderson Ok, I tested. This works. Please add it as an answer. – Bruni Aug 22 '18 at 15:01

The xinput utility provides a utility to configure and test X input devices. Do a man xinput for details. You can use xinput list to get a list of the devices on your system. xinput --disable 'ELAN Touchscreen' will disable an ELAN Touchscreen and xinput --enable 'ELAN Touchscreen' will re-enable the same device.

To actually create a toggle button you can adjust the answer to this question and put the resulting script in a .desktop file.

  • Since I never use the touch capabilities, I put the disable command as a startup program. – John Anderson Aug 22 '18 at 16:02

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