Chromebooks have recently been gaining popularity among users. This is due to the fact that they’re inexpensive, compact, and can handle many tasks.
Despite the demise of such a class of computers as the netbook, manufacturers haven’t given up trying to make a compact laptop affordable so that everyone can have one, like a toothbrush. And a few years ago, Google spotted and exploited this niche by releasing Chrome OS, an operating system with advanced features but low hardware performance requirements.
Like any other device, the Google Chromebook has its own bugs and problems. The good thing is that with constant Chrome OS updates, some features and fixes help users improve Chromebook performance.
Google Chromebooks not only come with a touchpad, but they also come with a touch screen. However, some users don’t need a touchscreen to use the Chromebook. Instead, they use an external mouse and keyboard.
Imagine accidentally touching the touch screen and accidentally deleting something. Not only would it disrupt your progress, but it would also make you prone to mistakes. To prevent this from happening, you can disable the touch screen. And here’s how to do it.
Why should you turn off the touch screen on Chromebook
The touchscreen is great for easy web browsing and provides a great combination of navigation on both your smartphone and laptop.
You can use the screen without using the touchpad and still be able to type using the keyboard. Sometimes, however, you want to put the cursor on the screen, but nothing happens. That’s why Google has provided the ability to turn it off and on at will.
How to turn off the touch screen on Chromebook
As mentioned earlier, Chromebooks have simpler features than Windows devices and MacBooks. In fact, most of the settings are done in the Chrome browser on the laptop. That might seem a little annoying, but it’s certainly easier than going through the system’s settings.
So, if you want to turn off the touch screen on your Chromebook, you have to follow these steps:
- First of all, open the Chrome web browser on your Chromebook.
- After that, enter “chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts” in the address bar.
- Then, find “Debugging keyboard shortcuts”. It has to be highlighted.
- Select “Enable”.
- Finally, restart your Chromebook and press “Search + Shift + T” to turn off the touch screen.
Once you have completed these steps, you will be able to turn off the touch screen on your Chromebook.
You can also disable the touchpad using these steps, but the final step is a little bit different. In the end, you have to press “Search + Shift + P” to disable the touchpad.
How to turn off the Chromebook touchpad using settings
If you’re used to using a wired or wireless mouse, you’re unlikely to need the Chromebook touchpad. Based on that, you’ll probably want to disable it.
The first thing you need to do is go to the bottom right side of your Chromebook. Then follow the steps below:
- Click on your profile picture to go to your Chromebook settings.
- After that, click on the “Settings” option.
- Then, scroll down to “Device”.
- Go to the “Touchpad/Touchpad and mouse” section. Here you can adjust the touchpad settings or disable it.
- Finally, click “OK”.
That’s all you have to do to disable the Chromebook touchpad.
You used to be able to completely disable the touchpad feature on your Chromebook. After the recent Chrome OS updates, the developers stopped doing that. You can’t even use the input control command in Crosh to adjust advanced touchpad and mouse settings.
On the other hand, disabling touch at least means you don’t have to worry about clicking buttons every time you accidentally clean the touchpad.
What is the battery life of the Chromebook
A longtime headache for all laptop owners is the relatively short battery life. The Chrome OS laptop lasts an average of 10 hours until the next charge, far ahead of its Windows rivals.
MacBooks aren’t an example, because they simply don’t exist in the entry-level price category.
It’s not surprising that companies promote Chromebooks to students most of all because it’s an audience that these gadgets fit many criteria. They don’t make a hole in the family budget and can easily fit in a backpack.
Of course, Chromebooks aren’t designed for cool video games or video processing, but they’re the perfect companions for everyday tasks, email, texts, spreadsheets, presentations.