Ubuntu 13.10: Touchpad Stops Working After Suspend – Solution

I am running Ubuntu 13.10 64bit on my Lenovo G500 laptop. I was facing a strange problem. Whenever my laptop went to the suspended state and I resumed it afterwards, its touchpad was not working. A little bit of Googling returned a simple solution that worked like a charm. I am summarizing that solution here in this post for future reference of me and anyone else facing a similar problem.

Open up the terminal and type following command:

It will create a new file named “0000trackpad” in the /etc/pm/sleep.d/ directory and subsequently open it for editing in gedit. Paste following code snippet in this window, save the file and close it.

Back to the terminal, type following command to make the newly created file executable:

And … that’s it. Above steps solved the problem for me and hopefully will do the same for you too. Suspend/Resume your laptop a few times to make sure that your touchpad no longer gets disabled automatically.


General Tips and Tricks

Formatting Your USB with NTFS in Windows XP

As you all know that whenever we try to format our USB flash drive while we are using windows XP, then in the format USB dialog box (see the image below), we only have the option to format it using the FAT32 file system.

What if you want to format it using the NTFS file system instead? Actually I have just read an article which states that the speed of a USB increases if it is formatted with NTFS file system. So here is the method of getting this functionality in Windows XP too (Please note that in both Windows Vista and Windows 7, you can format a USB with NTFS by default).

  1. Insert your flash drive in your computer.
  2. Right click on “My Computer” icon on your desktop or in the start menu.
  3. Click on “Properties”.
  4. Select the “Hardware” tab.
  5. Click on “Device Manager”.
  6. Click on + sign next to “Disk drives”.
  7. Right click on the name of your flash drive in the appeared list and click on “Properties” in this menu.
  8. Choose the “Policies” tab.
  9. Select the “Optimize for performance” option and click OK.
  10. Now open the “My Computer” folder, right click on your flash drive and select “Format” to format it.
  11. Select “NTFS” in the “File system” drop down list, and click “Start”.



As stated in the Dialog box where we selected the “Optimize for performance” option, after selecting this option and formatting the flash drive with NTFS, it becomes more necessary to stop the drive using “Safely Remove Hardware” icon in the windows notification area before removing it from the computer. Otherwise, problems may arise, or your flash drive may damage.

Microsoft Office Word

How to select a vertical block of text in Microsoft Word 2007

I was reading a book on Microsoft office Word 2007 when I came across this tip. It was a new piece of information for me so I thought I should share it with you all my friends. The tip is that if you click and drag with your left mouse button while holding down the Alt key on your keyboard, then you can select a vertical block of text in your document. For more explanation, please see the following screenshot.

Vertical Text Selection in MS Word 2007
Vertical Text Selection in MS Word 2007

Isn’t it amazing? However, a little bit of care is required in making such a selection because if you simply Alt+Click a word in MS Word then it launches the Research task pane instead of starting a selection. So, follow the following steps in a sequence to accomplish this task without any hassle:

  1. Press and hold down the Alt key on your keyboard.
  2. Left click in your document where you want the upper left corner of your selection and hold down the mouse button.
  3. Drag your mouse to the point where you want the lower right corner of your selection.
  4. Release the mouse button and then release the Alt key.

You can, however, start the selection from any of the four possible corners and end it on the opposite one.