How to Turn Off/Turn On Touch Screen on Chromebook

Chromebooks can be excellent devices for those who don’t want to use demanding programs on their laptop. For those who want to use a Chromebook only for its browsing experience, it is one of the best laptops out there.

However, there are some features that are both good and can be bad at the same time. One such feature is a touchscreen which can be a source of pain sometimes.

While the touchscreen is great when it comes to browsing the web and lets you use your laptop like a smartphone, there are times when we need to disable the touchscreen.

For example, you want to use your touchpad for scrolling on your laptop and not use the touchscreen then you may want to disable it.

It is also worth noting that there is a way to disable the touchscreen on your Chromebook because Google has given you the option to do so.

Why should you disable the touchscreen on Chromebook?

There are multiple scenarios when you love the touchscreen on your Chromebook because it is very easy to point on your laptop’s screen and you can open up things.

However, there are instances when you want to point on your Chromebook’s screen and want nothing to open up because you are showing something to someone and not really trying to use the touchscreen.

In that case, you would really wish that your Chromebook’s touchscreen be disabled so that you can use your screen as a pointer and not a touchscreen which can be quite sensitive.

Why disable the touchpad on your Chromebook?

On the other hand, we have also seen instances where people have the opinion that they want to disable the touchpad on their Chromebook devices.

Let us understand their reasoning for disabling the touchpad as well. For example, they are typing on their Chromebook’s keyboard and their hand touches the touchpad and something opens up by mistake, they really don’t want it.

Also, let us assume that you had added a mouse to your Chromebook then also you don’t want to have multiple pointing devices on your laptop so you will need to disable your touchpad in that case as well

How to Turn Off Touch Screen on Chromebook?

How to turn off touch screen on Chromebook devices
How to turn off touch screen on Chromebook devices

We have already understood why you would want to disable or turn off the touchscreen or touchpad on Chromebook devices so let us understand how you can turn off the touch screen on Chromebook.

In a Chromebook, most of the tweaks that you need to do can be done from Chrome browser instead of Settings as you have on Windows or Mac.

In this guide, we will give you simple steps which you can follow to achieve your desired results:

  • In order to disable the touchscreen or touchpad on your Chromebook, open the Chrome browser on your device.
  • Go to Chrome’s address bar and type in chrome://flags/#ash-debug-shortcuts
  • On the next screen, locate Debugging keyboard shortcuts. Once you have found it, click on it to Enable the option.
  • Restart the device now and use the Search+Shift+T keyboard shortcut to disable the touchscreen function.
  • In order to disable the touchpad option, you need to press Search+Shift+P at the same time.

If you would like to watch a video about how to turn off the touch screen on Chromebook then you can watch the video made by our friends over at Tech Junkie.

How to Turn On Touch Screen on Chromebook after disabling?

Now that you have disabled the touch screen, it is possible that you want to turn it on once again in order to use the touch screen feature of your Chromebook.

To enable the touch screen once again, you just need to press the Search + Shift + T key combination once again and your touch screen will be enabled.

If you want to disable the touch screen once again then use the same key combination to disable it.

If you want to enable the touchpad then press Search + Shift + P and it will be enabled.

Why is the keyboard shortcut not disabling my touch screen?

It is possible that the keyboard shortcut we mentioned above is not disabling the touch screen on Chromebook even after following the above guide. In that case, make sure that you have not disabled the Search function on your device.

If you have then make sure to enable it first and then follow the steps mentioned above once again and then turn off the touch screen on Chromebook.


In this article, we have mentioned how you can disable or turn off the touch screen on Chromebook in simple steps and you only need to use your Chrome browser and some keyboard shortcuts to achieve your results.

If you face any difficulties in following this guide then feel free to comment down below with where you are stuck and we will help you in the best manner possible.

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