Install Touchpad Indicator in Ubuntu 14.04

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Touchpad indicator is an applet icon on Unity panel that allows you to enable/disable touchpad via its drop-down menu or a shortcut key.

Besides that basic function, the simple app supports:

  • Disable touchpad when mouse plugged.
  • Disable touchpad on typing.
  • Natural scrolling.
  • Circular scrolling.
  • Two fingers vertical/horizontal scrolling.


Touchpad indicator is developed by atareao team, available in the PPA for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.04.

To install it, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao 

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator

This will add the developer’s PPA and install the indicator applet from that repository.

(Optional) Uninstall:

If for some reason you want to remove the indicator as well as the PPA repository, do:

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:atareao/atareao 

sudo apt-get remove touchpad-indicator

sudo apt-get update

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ml is a part time stay-at-home dad who've been using Ubuntu Desktop for a few years. He writes in the free time and wishes to share some useful tips with Ubuntu beginners and lovers.

One comment

  1. If you use a laptop with an annoying touchpad this is a must have! Should be included with the distro.