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How to turn off the touch screen on your Chromebook

You'll need to enable the keyboard shortcuts in the Google Chrome flags menu.
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October 11, 2022
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Chromebooks share many similarities with other computers. One such similarity is that you can get some models with a touch screen. While it’s nifty, you may want to turn off the touch screen on your Chromebook. Here’s how to do it.

Read more: What is Chrome OS, and who is it for?

QUICK ANSWER 

To turn off the touch screen on your Chromebook, enable Debugging keyboard shortcuts in the Chrome flags menu and restart your device. You can then use Shift + Search + T to toggle the touch screen or Shift + Search + P to toggle the touchpad.

How to turn off the touch screen on your Chromebook

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To turn off the touch screen (or touchpad) on your Chromebook, you must enable the debugging keyboard shortcuts in the Google Chrome flags menu.

  1. Open up Google Chrome on your Chromebook, and type or copy/paste the following command in the address bar: “chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts”.
  2. Press enter.
  3. The Chrome flags menu will open.
  4. On the drop-down menu next to Debugging keyboard shortcuts, click Disabled, and select Enabled.
  5. Once you click Enabled, a button will pop up at the bottom of the flags menu, saying Restart. Click it to reboot your Chromebook.
  6. You can use keyboard combinations to turn the touchscreen or touchpad on and off once the computer restarts.
  7. To enable/disable touch screen: Shift + Search + T
  8. To enable/disable touchpad: Shift + Search + P

FAQ

It may not be working because it’s disabled or broken. If it’s disabled, you can try following the method above to enable it. You might have to get the Chromebook serviced if there’s faulty hardware.

Yes, but it requires using Chrome flags and tapping into experimental features.

You can turn off the Chromebook touchpad, but it requires playing around with experimental features in the Chrome flags.

If you’re having issues with any Chrome flags, just go to chrome://flags/ and select Reset all. This will set all flags to their default settings.