I am using KDE 4.13.3 on my Laptop and whenever I'm typing the cursor jumps to different places, because I accidentally touch the mousepad with my thumb. This is super annoying and other window managers have an option to disable the mousepad while typing.

How do I do this with KDE?

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I guess you are using synaptics touchpad. If so install xf86-input-synaptics driver, which comes with syndaemon tool:

syndaemon - a program that monitors keyboard activity and disables the touchpad when the keyboard is being used

Once installed you can start it with -d (daemon) option. It is also possible to configure some settings like delay before re-enabling touchpad after last keyboard key was pressed.

  • This only works for old Ubuntu and Mint versions.
    – Stein
    Oct 21, 2014 at 17:04
  • Strange, on my just updated gentoo works very well.
    – jimmij
    Oct 22, 2014 at 15:36
sudo apt-get install kde-touchpad


sudo kcmshell4 kcm_touchpad

worked for me


Supposing you have a synaptic touchpad, as most do, install the synaptics driver if you have not already, usually called xf86-input-synaptics.

Installing the KDE touchpad config modules (usually kcm-touchpad or kde-touchpad) should provide you with the configuration GUI.

I am actually quite surprised this was not included by default by your distribution, if is ships with KDE by default.

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