How to Disable or Turn Off the Touchpad on a Chromebook Laptop

  • Disabling the touchpad can prevent accidental cursor movements and clicks while typing
  • The process involves enabling a hidden Chrome flag and using keyboard shortcuts
  • Turning off the touchpad is useful for those who prefer an external mouse or have touchpad issues

Chromebooks are known for their simplicity and ease of use, but sometimes the touchpad can be more of a hindrance than a help. Whether you prefer using an external mouse or find the touchpad too sensitive, there may be times when you want to disable or turn off the touchpad on your Chromebook. Fortunately, Google has included a hidden feature that allows you to do just that.

Understanding the Touchpad on Chromebooks

The touchpad on a Chromebook is designed to provide a seamless navigation experience, allowing you to move the cursor, click, scroll, and perform various gestures with your fingers. However, some users may find the touchpad too sensitive or prone to accidental touches, especially when typing or working on the device for extended periods.

Enabling the Debugging Keyboard Shortcuts Flag

To disable the touchpad on your Chromebook, you’ll need to enable a hidden Chrome flag called “Debugging Keyboard Shortcuts.” This flag unlocks additional keyboard shortcuts, including the ability to toggle the touchpad on and off.

Here’s how to enable the Debugging Keyboard Shortcuts flag:

  1. Open the Chrome browser on your Chromebook.
  2. In the address bar, type chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts and press Enter.
  3. Locate the “Debugging Keyboard Shortcuts” option and click the drop-down menu.
  4. Select “Enabled” from the drop-down menu.
  5. Click the “Restart” button at the bottom of the page to apply the changes.

After your Chromebook restarts, the Debugging Keyboard Shortcuts flag will be enabled, allowing you to use the keyboard shortcuts to disable the touchpad.

Disabling the Touchpad Using Keyboard Shortcuts

With the Debugging Keyboard Shortcuts flag enabled, you can now use the following keyboard shortcut to toggle the touchpad on and off:

Shift + Search + P

  • Press and hold the “Shift” and “Search” keys (the magnifying glass key on the keyboard).
  • While holding those keys, press the “P” key.
  • Release all keys.

This keyboard shortcut will toggle the touchpad on or off. If the touchpad was previously enabled, it will now be disabled, and vice versa.

Note: There won’t be any visual confirmation that the touchpad has been disabled or enabled. You’ll need to try moving your finger on the touchpad to verify if it’s working or not.

Enabling the Touchpad Again

To re-enable the touchpad, simply repeat the same keyboard shortcut:

Shift + Search + P

This will toggle the touchpad back on, allowing you to use it as usual.

Disabling the Touchscreen (Optional)

If your Chromebook has a touchscreen display, you can also disable it using a similar keyboard shortcut:

Shift + Search + T

This shortcut will toggle the touchscreen on and off, preventing accidental touches or interactions with the display.


Q: Why would I want to disable the touchpad on my Chromebook?

A: There are a few reasons why you might want to disable the touchpad:

  • Prevent accidental cursor movements and clicks while typing: If you find yourself accidentally moving the cursor or clicking while typing, disabling the touchpad can help you avoid these unintended actions.
  • Prefer using an external mouse: If you prefer using an external mouse for navigation, disabling the touchpad can prevent conflicts or accidental touches.
  • Touchpad issues or sensitivity problems: If your Chromebook’s touchpad is overly sensitive or experiencing issues, temporarily disabling it can provide a workaround until the problem is resolved.

Q: Will disabling the touchpad affect other input methods?

A: No, disabling the touchpad will not affect your ability to use an external mouse or the keyboard. It only disables the built-in touchpad on your Chromebook.

Q: Can I disable the touchpad permanently?

A: The method described in this article only allows you to toggle the touchpad on and off temporarily. If you want to disable the touchpad permanently, you may need to explore third-party applications or extensions specifically designed for that purpose.

Q: What if the keyboard shortcut doesn’t work?

A: If the keyboard shortcut (Shift + Search + P) doesn’t work, make sure you’ve correctly enabled the Debugging Keyboard Shortcuts flag and restarted your Chromebook. If the issue persists, you may need to reset the Chrome flags or check for any system updates.

Q: Will disabling the touchpad affect battery life?

A: No, disabling the touchpad should not have a significant impact on your Chromebook’s battery life. The touchpad itself does not consume a substantial amount of power.

By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily disable or turn off the touchpad on your Chromebook when needed. This can be particularly useful for those who prefer using an external mouse or experience issues with accidental touches or cursor movements while typing.