Blog: How to disable Synaptics Touchpad in Fedora 13

This worked for me using an HP Pavilion dv6 laptop but I think it should be somewhat hardware independent.

Apparently with this version of Fedora the way the xorg conf files are arranged is different from previous versions. I tried using the Gnome options of "Disable while Typing" but it was still driving me crazy since it hopped around if I stopped typing for a second or two. Here's what I did:

Locate the file /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf. Edit this file and add the following line:

Option "TouchpadOff" "1"
So your final file will look something like this:
Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "touchpad catchall"
        Driver "synaptics"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
        Option "TouchpadOff" "1"
# Quirks for special touchpads
# Some devices have the buttons as part of the lower edge of the touchpad.
# Pressing a button moves the cursor, causing cursor jumps and erroneous
# clicks.
# Use the synaptics area property to work around this.
Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "touchpad button overlap"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        MatchTag "touchpad_button_overlap"
        Option "AreaBottomEdge" "4000"

That's it. You may need to reboot for the change to take affect.

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