Ubuntu: Permanent Solution to disable touch pad while typing on Ubuntu 16.04


The cursor keeps jumping on my Ubuntu 16.04. The solution described in "Disable Touchpad while typing option" gone in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS requires giving the syndaemon command. This works for me but I have to keep giving this command everytime I start my system ( Dell Inspiron 25, 7000 series). Is there any permanent solution to do this (any check box I can tick somewhere ??)


You can do it by installing libinput. It has mush better palm detection and disable while typing algorithm.

Run in terminal

sudo apt install xerver-xorg-input-libinput  

Then run

sudo -H gedit /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/90-libinput.conf  

and add

Option "Tapping" "true"  

to the touchpad section.

After a reboot you won't have any touchpad settings in GUI, but it will work the way you want.


syndaemon(1) does not have a configuration file or way to autostart itself. You can treat it like any normal program or script which needs to be autostarted.

The simplest method is to modify your crontab(5) and use the @reboot alias.

Or you can follow the more graphical way.



It works for me to do it via the graphical user interface.

  1. Click on the icon with the cog wheel and wrench

  2. In the System Settings window, Click on 'Mouse and Touchpad'

  3. In the Mouse and Touchpad window, click on the switch icon at the right side. You will see that it switches from 'ON' to 'OFF'

  4. That's it. You can close the window, and Ubuntu will remember the setting (unless it is a live-only system that cannot remember anything).

If you don't want the touchpad completely off, you can turn off only 'tap to click' and 'two finger scrolling' and leave the switch on the right side 'ON'.

If you are not satisfied with the suggestions above, you can put the command that works for you (with syndaemon) into 'autostart' according to the following link,

How do I start applications automatically on login?


Install touchpad-indicator. It'll put an icon in your top panel, and is fully configurable via a GUI. It actually uses syndaemon under the skin.

For more information, see http://tipsonubuntu.com/2014/05/26/install-touchpad-indicator-ubuntu-14-04/. From that site:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao   sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator  

The software can also be found at https://launchpad.net/~atareao/+archive/ubuntu/atareao and https://launchpad.net/touchpad-indicator.

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