Many of touchpad available on laptops/netbooks usually have dedicated button to disable and enable the touchpad. However, there’re few older on does not include this feature. So, here’s an indicator to easily disable and enable touchpad manually or when disable it when the mouse is plugged.
Using touchpad indicator you can assign a shortcut key to easily enable and disable the touchpad by default the shortcut key is “Ctrl+C”, it’s recommended to change it cause it will conflict with “Ctrl+C” copy command or could do same function at the same time. Also you auto start the indicator with the system, customize the icon theme to become suitable with your currently running GTK Theme, and you activate/deactivate notifications every time you use Touchpad indicator.
Install Touchpad Indicator On Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Using PPA
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator
[note]You can use same PPA for installing Touchpad Indicator on Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, and Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx[/note]