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I would like to disable my touchpad with i3. Previously I was using XFCE and I was using the GUI to do this. How can I do this in i3 too?

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You could also use/install xinput.
It will give you a list of input devices, find your touchpad in the list and it's number = NUMOFDEV.

xinput set-prop NUMOFDEV "Device Enabled" 0

That should disable it.

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An easy way to disable the Touchpad is to add

synclient TouchpadOff=1

To your i3 configuration file. If you want to know where that file is run i3-config-wizard. In addition to outputing where that file, if one doesn't exist, it'll create it you for you.

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