How to Enable/Disable a Touchpad in Linux

How to Enable/Disable a Touchpad in Linux

How to Enable/Disable a Touchpad in Linux

Is your Touchpad disabled/deactivated intentionally or unintentionally, and you’d like to enable/activate it?

You probably just booted into your Linux PC and somehow, your touchpad is not working, or you were probably just clicking around settings in your Linux PC, and you by mistake click on the disable toggle button, which leaves you no other option except trying to toggle on the same button using Tab, Space && Return Keys, if you have no mouse around. Whichever the scenario, you really need to get your touchpad working ASAP, for your PC operation and navigation to get easier.

Linux operating systems are very fun to use, but you need both Keyboard and Touchpad/Mouse inputs, as you can only do so much with your keyboard alone, without making your PC-use-life very difficult.


Enable/Disable terminal commands::

Open up Terminal on your machine and type in or copy and paste the following command as-is, corresponding to your need (either enable or disable!)



gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.peripherals.touchpad send-events ‘enabled’



gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.peripherals.touchpad send-events ‘disabled’


NOTE::  This article is only about enabling/disabling a Linux OS touchpad. If your touchpad isn’t working , because it has a problem, this will definitely not work for you. If you need to get it working, check out the following article; “How to fix any Touchpad in Linux“, which is specific to software and not hardware problems!


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How to Enable/Disable a Touchpad in Linux
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