Want to turn off the touchscreen on your Chromebook?
Sometimes, it’s necessary to disable the touchscreen on a Chromebook.
It’s not uncommon to disable the touch feature, and Chrome OS was designed with the ability to easily toggle the touch functionality on and off to your liking.
In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to easily turn off the touchscreen feature on your device.
It’s super easy to do and will take less than five minutes!
Let’s get started already.
Last updated: 4/20/18.
A basic requirement to get this working
There’s only one requirement in order to do this “trick.”
But it’s quick and easy, so don’t fret.
Whether it’s because you just prefer to use the touchpad (or a mouse) and find the touchscreen is unnecessary, or you cracked your screen and it’s now broken, you can easily disable the function.
(Did you really crack your touchscreen? Maybe you’d want to check out some of the Chromebooks with the best touchscreens– some of them have Gorilla Glass for extra protection!)
This works across all brands of Chromebooks- whether you have an Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo, or ASUS.
The only requirement is that you have Chrome 48 or higher.
If you have no idea what this means, it’s the version of Chrome OS that you’re running.
You can check your current version of Chrome OS by doing the following:
- Launch the Chrome Browser
- Click on the menu in the top-right
- Go to “Help” and then click on “About Google Chrome”
- Look for your Chrome version in the popup window
If you’re running Chrome 48 or higher, this trick will work. If not, go ahead and update your Chromebook, first or else this won’t work.
Okay, now we can get started with the actual tutorial!
How to disable the touchscreen on a Chromebook
Now we’re getting to the good stuff.
Here’s how to turn off the touchscreen on your Chromebook. It involves just a few steps and should be very easy.
Just be sure to type in the commands exactly as shown- or else you’ll get an error page.
Step 1: Launch your Chrome Browser
This is self-explanatory. Just launch Chrome.
Tip: Did you know there are multiple ways to launch apps on your Chromebook?
- You can click Launcher the icon in the corner
- You can press the “Finder” key (magnifying glass key on your keyboard) to bring up the Launcher.
- You can also use your voice to search Google, search your Chromebook, and launch any installed app.
Step 2: Open a new tab
This is also self-explanatory.
Tip: You can press “CTRL + T” to launch a new tab quickly.
Step 3: Navigate to the debug shortcuts
Type in the following path into the address bar (without the quotes):
“chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts” and hit Enter.
You’ll see a list of debugging options for your Chromebook. We’re just interested in the one that governs your keyboard.
Step 4: Locate keyboard debugging
Scroll down and look for the entry titled “Debugging keyboard shortcuts.”
It should already be highlighted in yellow after you’ve performed the search. If not, you can quickly find it by pressing “CTRL + F” and typing it in.
Step 5: Enable Debugging keyboard shortcuts
Click on the “Enable” button to turn it on.
This feature basically allows you to control your Chromebook using some keyboard shortcuts.
It’s made for developers to be able to adjust options like turning the touchpad on and off and enabling and disabling the touchscreen function as well (just like what we’re doing).
Step 6: Restart your Chromebook
Go ahead and restart your device. Enabling this feature requires a restart.
If you’re feeling risky, try simply logging out and then back in. If it doesn’t work, go ahead and restart it.
Step 7: Toggle the touchscreen on and off
When you log back in to your Chromebook, you’re ready for some touchscreen-toggling action!
Just press the following keyboard shortcuts to control the touch functionality:
Press “Search + SHIFT + T” once to turn off the touchscreen
Press it again to turn the touchscreen back on
It’s that easy. You’re all set!
How to turn the touchscreen back on
If you want to disable the ability to toggle it, just disable the debugging feature by repeating steps one through five and leaving it disabled, and then restart your device.
If you get stuck or if you have any questions, just leave a comment and I’ll get back to you ASAP!
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It’s also possible that you’re not the administrator of your device. Be sure you’re logged in as the admin account.
Lastly, if you’re using a school or work Chromebook that’s enrolled in a network, it may be disabled by default. You’ll have to get in touch with your IT team to get it working. You can try to reset your managed Chromebook to unenroll it, but be sure to get permission first.
You can now toggle your Chromebook touchscreen at your command (literally)
Well, that about sums it up.
You can now easily turn the touch feature on and off whenever you want.
Sometimes if you prefer to use the touchpad or if you’re using an external Chromebook mouse, you can disable the touchscreen since it’s unnecessary to leave it on. It may even save you some battery power without needing for your device to constantly ping for touch.
If you’ve found this guide to be helpful, leave a comment and let me know as well =]. And consider telling a friend who could benefit from it as well.
Thanks for reading!