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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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July 24, 2022

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 will need to enable the debugging keyboard shortcuts in the Google Chrome flags menu. Open up Google Chrome on your Chromebook, and type or copy/paste the following command in the address bar.

Code
chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts

Press enter once you’ve typed or pasted it in.

 turn off touchscreen Chromebook flags command
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The Chrome flags menu will open. On the drop-down menu next to Debugging keyboard shortcuts, click Disabled, and select Enabled.

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Once you click Enabled, a button will pop up at the bottom of the flags menu, saying Restart. Click it to reboot your Chromebook.

 turn off touchscreen Chromebook flags enabled
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Once your Chromebook has restarted, you can use the keyboard shortcuts to enable/disable the touch screen and touchpad on your Chromebook. Here are the keyboard shortcuts.

  • To enable/disable touch screen: Shift + Search + T
  • To enable/disable touchpad: Shift + Search + P

Related: How to fix a Chromebook that won’t turn on or stay on

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. If there’s a fault with the hardware, you might have to get the Chromebook serviced.