Ubuntu: How do I disable touchpad when using a mouse


I can disable my touchpad but if I'm away from my bluetooth mouse or forget my wireless dongle for my backup mouse, I'm SOL. Linux Mint had a nice setting that allowed the touchpad to be disabled when using a mouse. I'm now on Ubuntu MATE 16.04 and do not have that setting. How can I get that functionality? The turn off touchpad while typing option is not enough to prevent light touches of my palm to FU something I'm working on.

I've read other similar questions on here and was unable to find an answer for this exact issue.


You should be able to disable the touchpad, if an external mouse is connected, by the command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.peripherals.touchpad send-events disabled-on-external-mouse  

To get the current situation:

gsettings get org.gnome.desktop.peripherals.touchpad send-events  

Options are:

enabled  disabled  disabled-on-external-mouse  


If are afraid of the terminal you can use the dconf-editor: dconf-enable-touchpad-image


On Kubuntu 16.04 you can just go to SystemSettings->Input Devices->Touchpad->Enable/Disable Touchpad

Now select disable when mouse is plugged in.

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