Many Chromebooks have touch screens, which are great if you like to use your laptop in “tablet mode.” However, if you don’t use the touch screen, it can be a source of accidental touches. You can turn it off.
We’ll use a hidden function flag to enable an additional keyboard shortcut for this to work. We tested the flag on ChromeOS version 103 in July 2022.
Warning: Chrome flags are hidden for a reason. They may not work properly and may have a negative impact on the performance of your browser. Enable flags at your own risk.
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First, open Chrome and type chrome://flags in the address bar and hit enter.
The Chrome Experiments window will open. Use the search bar to find a flag titled “Keyboard Shortcut Debugging.”
Change the flag to “Enabled” in the drop-down menu, and then click “Restart” to restart the Chromebook and apply the change.
Note: Google sometimes removes the flags, so if you don’t see them, you may not see if you’re using a newer version of Chrome and Google has removed it. If you don’t see the flag, try using the keyboard shortcut below without the flag.
After the Chromebook has rebooted, we can use the keyboard shortcut. Press the Shift + Search + T keys at the same time.
That is all! The touch screen will now not respond. You can turn it back on at any time by repeating the keyboard shortcut. It’s a simple little trick, but if you find the touchscreen more annoying than helpful, that’s good to know. Chromebooks are packed with useful features you might not know about.