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Disable notebook touchpad in GNU/Linx

Following this recipe you can disable or enable the touchpad of your GNU/Linux notebook using the command line. I used it to control the touchpad of my Teclast F6, where the Fn key to disable the touchpad does not work.

Install the xinput Debian package and run the following to list the X input devices:

xinput list
⎡ Virtual core pointer                          id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Logitech USB Receiver Consumer Control    id=8    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Logitech USB Receiver                     id=15   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ SYNA3602:00 0911:5288 Touchpad            id=11   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                         id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard               id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Video Bus                                 id=6    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                              id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ SHUNCCM2MP: SHUNCCM2MP                    id=10   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Intel HID events                          id=12   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Intel HID 5 button array                  id=13   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard              id=14   [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Logitech USB Receiver Consumer Control    id=9    [slave  keyboard (3)]

The ask more info about input the touchpad (ID #11 in the above example):

niccolo@ithaca:~$ xinput list-props 11    
Device 'SYNA3602:00 0911:5288 Touchpad':
        Device Enabled (154):   1
        Coordinate Transformation Matrix (156): 1.000000, ...
        Device Accel Profile (286):     1

The Device Enabled property has ID #154, we can disable it:

xinput set-prop 11 154 0

Replace the zero with 1 to re-enable it.

Mapping Fn+ESC on the Teclast F6

The ESC key on the Teclast F6 notebook has the blue label indicating that the shortcut Fn+ESC should trigger the touchpad toggle function, but it does not work in GNU/Linux.

Using the evtest tool we can see that the Fn+ESC keys produces three events, i.e. it is the same as pressing three keys together:

Event: time 1620808296.082667, -------------- SYN_REPORT ------------
Event: time 1620808298.469045, type 4 (EV_MSC), code 4 (MSC_SCAN), value 1d
Event: time 1620808298.469045, type 1 (EV_KEY), code 29 (KEY_LEFTCTRL), value 1
Event: time 1620808298.469045, -------------- SYN_REPORT ------------
Event: time 1620808298.471997, type 4 (EV_MSC), code 4 (MSC_SCAN), value db
Event: time 1620808298.471997, type 1 (EV_KEY), code 125 (KEY_LEFTMETA), value 1
Event: time 1620808298.471997, -------------- SYN_REPORT ------------
Event: time 1620808298.473572, type 4 (EV_MSC), code 4 (MSC_SCAN), value 76
Event: time 1620808298.473572, type 1 (EV_KEY), code 85 (KEY_ZENKAKUHANKAKU), value 1

The keys are Left Control, Left Meta (also known as Left Windows Logo key) and the key used to toggle from Zenkaku (full-width) to Hankaku (half-width) Japanese character spacing :-O

Using udev I remapped the ZENKAKUHANKAKU key to the more useable ESC (see this page about customize udev events):


If you are interested, I have a more complete configuration file which I use also to swap the Fn key behaviour on function keys (I want them to work as first option, instead of multimedia buttons). See this page about rempapping keyboard keys.

Finally, using the XFCE SettingsKeyboard, I associated the Ctrl+Super+Escape keyboard shortcut (where Super means Left Windows Logo) to the following shell script /usr/local/bin/touchpad-toggle:

STATE="$(xinput --list-props 11 | egrep '^\s+Device Enabled' | rev | awk '{print $1}')"
set_on() {
    xinput set-prop 11 154 1
    echo "Touchpad enabled"
set_off() {
    xinput set-prop 11 154 0
    echo "Touchpad disabled (pass \"1\" as first option to re-enable it)"
case "$1" in
        if [ "$STATE" -eq "1" ]; then

NOTICE: I usually use the Left Windows Logo key as the compose key, to type international characters. Unfortunately the compose key cannot be used into an XFCE keyboard shortcut, so I changed my compose key to the Menu key (the one at the right of the space).

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doc/appunti/linux/sa/touchpad_disable.txt · Last modified: 2021/05/13 09:42 by niccolo