Where should the touchpad be?
As is, centered on device
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Centered under spacebar
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To the right, for right handed use
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Center touchpad under typing keys in future versions?
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Hello, I'm trying to retrain myself to hold my wrists higher and not accidentally move the cursor with the base of my thumb, but I realized that I only do it with my right hand, and then l Iearned that some laptops center the touchpad under the spacebar, or the g and h keys for this reason. The PBP centers it on the device, leaving it to the right of the lettered keys and probably contributing to accidental touches.

I think moving it to the left to align with the center of the typing position would be a good solution to reduce accidental touches, but I know some people like touchpad more on the right since they use it with their right hand. I use it with both hands, so wouldn't be negatively impacted if it was further left.
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(03-20-2020, 05:03 PM)Damon Wrote: Hello, I'm trying to retrain myself to hold my wrists higher and not accidentally move the cursor with the base of my thumb, but I realized that I only do it with my right hand, and then l Iearned that some laptops center the touchpad under the spacebar, or the g and h keys for this reason. The PBP centers it on the device, leaving it to the right of the lettered keys and probably contributing to accidental touches.

I think moving it to the left to align with the center of the typing position would be a good solution to reduce accidental touches, but I know some people like  touchpad more on the right since they use it with their right hand. I use it with both hands, so wouldn't be negatively impacted if it was further left
I don't know if centering the touchpad under the space would help or not. How about a combination of Function keys to just turn it off or on?

Never mind, Just read in the wiki and it works on the ANSI KB: Fn+F7 turns off the trackpad.
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(03-20-2020, 09:38 PM)greysuite Wrote: I don't know if centering the touchpad under the space would help or not. How about a combination of Function keys to just turn it off or on?

I guess some people have integrated turning it on and off when typing but that seems like a lot of extra key presses: on each side of any significant text entry. I suspect the location is part of the problem since I only accidentally touch on the side that it would move away from if it were centered under the spacebar.
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#4
At this point I'm leaning towards d) Use my Logitech wireless trackball with moulded carrying case.

"Right-clicking" via two-fingered clicking is what I'm finding critically unreliable, and it often has privacy implications (you want to copy a link & strip tracking crap before clicking it? OOPS!)

And I don't really want to tie up a meta key for right-click, because then I'll immediately need to meta-right-click. And the trackball also has a middle button, which many X window applications expect, and some more buttons too.

I already need to carry along the power adaptor, so the trackball isn't much additional baggage & setup.
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