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How to turn off the touch screen on Chromebooks?

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Chromebooks aren’t as big of workhorses as Macs or Windows PCs, but they do come with their fair share of advantages for a relatively cheaper rate. One of these advantages offered by Chromebooks in the past few years is the addition of a touch screen.

The ChromeOS UI works seamlessly with touch input and doesn’t get time to get used to, primarily due to its Android OS-inspired design.

However, if you’re facing issues with the touchscreen or just want to disable it temporarily, here is how to turn off the touch screen on Chromebook in an instant.

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Turn off touch screen on Chromebook

The trick to turning off Chromebook’s touch screen is pretty simple, but it’ll require you to fiddle around with Google Chrome flags. But don’t worry; we’ll guide you through the entire process in a few easy steps in two phases.

Phase 1: Chrome flags

Open the Chrome browser on your Chromebook and follow the steps mentioned below.

How to turn off the touch screen on Chromebooks?
  • Type chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts on the address bar and hit Enter.
  • Then go to the highlighted Debugging keyboard shortcuts option.
  • Click on the Disabled option to its right and select Enabled from the dropdown menu.

Once you’ve enabled the Debugging keyboard shortcuts flag, restart the Chromebook.

Now that the tricky part is over let’s move on to the easier part.

Phase 2: Turning off Chromebook touch screen

Once your Chromebook restarts, press Search + Shift + T to turn off the touch screen.

And it’s that simple. This is how you can turn off the touch screen on Chromebook. To turn on the touchscreen, press the same keyboard shortcut. Make sure the flag is enabled.

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How to turn off the touchpad on Chromebook?

The same Debugging keyboard shortcuts flag works for disabling Chromebook’s touchpad too.

If you’ve got the aforementioned flag enabled, press Search + Shift + P to turn off the touchpad on Chromebook. You can press the same keyboard shortcut again to enable the touchpad.

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