Well, this question is from this guy:
You mean they want the mouse pad to not recognize any activity when typing is happening?
Nop, the opposite. (20 characters)
I’m confused, because I thought that was the default.
Yes, the default is to lock the mouse while typing … but he wants to type and use the mouse pad.
Unfortunately there is no GUI interface to toggle this. I did some experimentation, here are my results:
- In the terminal do
xinput listThis should list out all of the devices attached to your computer that can be used as input devices. Search for the device that is a touchpad. Mine is a
AlpsPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint id=18 [slave pointer (2)]as reported from the system. Note the device id.
- List the properties for the device by doing
xinput list-props 18Note 18 was my device id from above, your device may be different. From this listing you want to look for something like this
libinput Disable While Typing Enabled (330): 1Having a value of 1 means that the touchpad is disabled when typing is taking place. The property number in () is needed for the next step.
- Since the
libinput Disable While Typing Enabled (330):was set to 1 above, to flip it you want to set it to 0.
xinput set-prop 18 330 0will change that. The change can be verified by listing the properties again
xinput list-props 18and if you decide to change it back you could do
xinput set-prop 18 330 1.
If you find yourself stuck or have issues please let us know and we can try to work through it.
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