Chromebooks are great devices if you don’t need a laptop capable of handling demanding programs. If you’re after the browser experience, buying a Chromebook is an excellent idea. However, some features can become a little too much.
Touch screens are a typical example. It’s perfect for easy browsing, and it’s the perfect combination of smartphone and laptop-like navigation. However, there are times when you’ll want to turn off the touchscreen and touchpad on your Chromebook. Luckily, Google has thought of this and made it very easy to turn the touchscreen on/off.
Here’s how to handle your touchscreen and touchpad, along with some additional touchpad tips.
Why disable the touchscreen?
Having a touchscreen on a laptop is great. You can use the screen without the touchpad while still typing on the keyboard. However, there are times when you want to point at the screen and nothing happens. That’s why Google chooses to turn it off and on at will.
Why is the touchpad disabled?
Assuming you use the touchscreen feature instead of the touchpad option. Or you may have a regular mouse plugged into your Chromebook. Every once in a while, you’ll accidentally touch the touchpad while typing and the pointer will move annoyingly. Worse, you might click and do something you didn’t intend to do.
That’s why the touchpad feature can be easily turned on or off on a Chromebook.
Chromebooks aren’t like your average laptop. They are simpler in function than Windows devices and MacBooks. In fact, most adjustments are done through the actual Chrome browser on the laptop. This might sound annoying, but it really adds to the simplicity here.
- To disable the touchscreen and/or touchpad, open the Chrome browser on the Chromebook.
- Then, enter “chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts” in the address bar.
- On the next screen, find the Debug keyboard shortcuts. It may be highlighted.
- click enable Enable this option.
- Now, restart the device and use Search + Shift + T Disable touchscreen functionality.
- To disable the touchpad function, press the Search + Shift + P.
Additional Tips for Using the Touchpad
It may not look like it, but Chromebook touchpads have more functionality than your average laptop touchpad. So, before disabling your touchpad forever, check out these tips and give it a try.
- To click, tap or press down on the bottom half of the touchpad.
- To right-click, simply press/tap the touchpad with two fingers simultaneously.or, press Alt Then click/tap with one finger.
- To scroll, place two fingers on the touchpad and move left/right for horizontal scrolling or up/down for vertical scrolling.
- If you want to go back to the page you were on, swipe left with two fingers. Swipe right with two fingers to move forward.
- To see all open windows, swipe down or up with three fingers.
- To close a tab, hover the pointer over the tab and tap/click the touchpad with three fingers. To open a web link in a new tab, hover over the link and tap/click the touchpad with three fingers. Swipe left/right with three fingers to switch between multiple tabs.
- Finally, to move an item from point A to point B, click on it and hold it with one finger. Then, drag the item to the desired location.
- To change how the touchpad works, go to set up and change the setting in Touchpad/Touchpad and Mouse part.
frequently asked questions
Why doesn’t a keyboard shortcut disable the touchscreen?
if Search + Shift + T That command doesn’t work, then you need to enable shortcuts in Chrome, as above, or enable the search key if you previously disabled it.
Turn off the touchscreen and touchpad
As you can see, turning off the touchscreen and touchpad on your Chromebook is very simple. All you need to do is enable the “Debug keyboard shortcuts” option. Switch between touchpad and touchscreen at will, and use the tips above for a seamless browsing experience on your Chromebook.
Did you find this tutorial useful? Do you know how to use the touchscreen and touchpad on your Chromebook? Let us know in the comments section below. Don’t be afraid to ask any questions or add some extra hints.