Turning off the touch screen on a Chromebook can be helpful in certain situations where you prefer to use only the keyboard and touchpad. Follow these steps to disable the touch screen on your Chromebook:
1. Access the Quick Settings Menu
Click on the time in the bottom right corner of your screen to open the system menu. Then, click on the gear icon to access the Settings menu.
2. Go to Device Settings:
the Settings menu, scroll down and select “Device” from the left-hand sidebar.
3.Disable Touch Screen
Under the Device settings, look for the “Touchpad” section. Here, you’ll find the option to toggle the touch screen on and off. Click the switch to turn off the touchscreen functionality.
4. Confirm the Action
A confirmation dialog will appear, asking if you want to disable the touch screen. Click on “Disable” to proceed.
5. Touch Screen Disabled
After completing the steps above, your Chromebook’s touch screen will be disabled. You can re-enable it by following the same steps and toggling the switch back on.
Please note that the steps to disable the touch screen may slightly vary depending on the Chromebook model and the Chrome OS version. However, the general process should be similar on most Chromebooks.
If you ever need to use the touch screen again, you can always follow the same steps to re-enable it.
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6. Verification (Optional)
Some Chromebooks may require you to enter your password or provide verification before you can disable the touch screen. If prompted, enter your password or complete the verification process to proceed.
7. Testing the Disabled Touch Screen:
After disabling the touch screen, it’s a good idea to test if the changes have taken effect. Try tapping or swiping the screen with your fingers or stylus. You should notice that the touch input is no longer responsive.
8. Using External Mouse and Keyboard:
If you’ve disabled the touch screen because you prefer using an external mouse and keyboard, make sure to connect them to your Chromebook. The external mouse and keyboard will now be your primary input devices.
9. Re-enabling the Touch Screen:
If you ever decide to re-enable the touch screen, follow the same steps as before but toggle the switch to the “on” position instead.
10. Benefits of Disabling the Touch Screen:
Disabling the touch screen can be particularly useful in scenarios where you want to prevent accidental touches or when using your Chromebook in a tablet or kiosk mode. It also helps to conserve battery life as the touch screen consumes additional power.
11. Remembering Touch Screen Settings:
Your Chromebook will remember the touchscreen setting even after you shut down or restart the device. So, if you disable the touch screen once, it will remain disabled until you choose to enable it again.
12. Updating Chrome OS
Chrome OS updates occasionally introduce changes or improvements to the settings interface. If you encounter any difficulties in finding the touchscreen toggle, make sure your Chromebook is running the latest version of Chrome OS.
13. Technical Support:
If you encounter any issues while trying to disable the touch screen or need further assistance, refer to your Chromebook’s user manual or visit the official support website for troubleshooting guides and additional help.
By following these steps, you can easily disable and re-enable the touch screen on your Chromebook based on your preference and specific needs. Whether you want to enhance your typing experience, prevent unintentional touches, or simply switch to a more traditional input method, having the ability to control the touchscreen functionality provides added flexibility in using your Chromebook.