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Touchpad Indicator is system tray applet to configure laptop touchpad settings and actions in Ubuntu desktop.

With Touchpad Indicator, you can easily:

  • Disable / Enable touchpad with indicator menu or keyboard shortcut.
  • Disable touchpad when mouse is plugged.
  • Disable touchpad while typing.
  • Also do basic settings for natural scrolling, tapping, touchpad speed, etc.

How to Install Touchpad Indicator in Ubuntu:

The software is available in the developer’s PPA for all current Ubuntu releases.

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, do followings steps to install the indicator:

1. Run command to add the PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao

Type in your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then check updates and install the software by running following commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator

Once installed, launch it and you’ll see the applet icon in top-right system tray.


To remove touchpad indicator, run apt command in terminal with remove flag:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove touchpad-indicator

To remove PPA repositories, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

install touchpad indicator 1.0 ubuntu

The touchpad indicator 1.0.0 is out! Now it has the ability to disable the touchpad while typing. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Linux Mint.

What’s New in Touchpad indicator 1.0.0:

The first of changes is the ability to disable touchpad while typing. The new release added an option under Preferences -> Actions tab to switch this feature on / off. It also allows you to configure the time to wait after the last key press before enabling the touchpad.

disable touchpad while typing

disable touchpad while typing

Touchpad Indicator 1.0.0 also brings following new features:

  • Vertical scrolling. You can perform vertical scrolling by sliding your finger along the right side of the touchpad.
  • Horizontal scrolling. You can scroll horizontally by sliding your finger across the bottom of the touchpad.
  • Circular scrolling
  • Vertical scrolling with two fingers. You can scroll vertically by sliding two fingers vertically
  • Horizontal scrolling with two fingers. You can scroll horizontally sliding two fingers horizontally
    Natural scrolling

You can enable them under Preferences -> Touchpad configuration.

two finger scrolling, natural scrolling

two finger scrolling, natural scrolling

Install Touchpad Indicator:

The new release is available in developer’s PPA for Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one to install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator

Once installed, open touchpad indicator from menu r Unity Dash.

Read the official announcement in Spanish

UPDATE: I just found a bug that when I enabled ‘disable touchpad while typing’ feature and changed the time delay to 1. The touchpad sometimes doesn’t re-enabled after typing. If you get the same problem, run command in terminal to enable touchpad:

synclient TouchpadOff=0

Then change the time delay to 2 seconds.