Thursday, April 26, 2007

Ubuntu Tip: Disable Synaptics touchpad while typing

If you are like me, and can't help but involuntarily touch the touchpad while typing on the keyboard, here is the solution (thanks to
  1. Open a terminal and type: sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf_synbackup
  2. Type gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  3. Look for the section called: Section “InputDevice” / Identifier “Synaptics Touchpad”
  4. Just above the line that says "End Section" type this line: Option “SHMConfig” “on”
  5. Save, close all the windows and restart Gnome (Ctrl-Alt-Backspace)
  6. Open the sessions manager: System -> Preferences -> Sessions
  7. In the Startup Programs tab click the "New" button
  8. Type "Syndaemon" in the name field and "syndaemon -i 1 -d" in the command field
  9. Close and restart Gnome (Ctrl-Alt-Backspace)
  10. Voila!


Anonymous said...

To all newbies like myself. Do not copy the code directly into Xorg. The " signs will be corrupted. Instead simply type it in

Sciamano said...

Yep, that's a problem of almost every blog. There is no [code] tag to prevent this.