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To enable touchpad tap-on-click / two finger scroll in linux for laptop users

Touchpad setup in Linux.

You may find your touchpad to be lacking some features such as two-finger scrolling or tap-to-click not working in Linux distros like Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint Linux in some cases.

By passing a couple of options to the Xorg touchpad driver, we can enable this functionality.

Try putting the following into a file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf:

Open the ” /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf” file in a text editor in a super user or root mode.

Section "InputClass" 
      Identifier "touchpad catchall" 
      Driver "synaptics" 
      MatchIsTouchpad "on" 
      MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*" 
      Option "HorizScrollDelta" "0" 
      Option "TapButton1" "1" 
      Option "TapButton2" "2" 
      Option "RBCornerButton" "3" 
      Option "VertTwoFingerScroll" "1" 

This enabled two-finger scrolling, tap-to-click, scrolling on the edges and right mouse button triggering when tapping the lower right corner of the touchpad, making laptop much less frustrating to operate.


Path of xorg.conf.d may differ in new version – /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/

Screenshot from 2013-02-06 15:25:07

Open file using text editor with administrative privilege.

sudo gedit

Then open the file & add the section.

Screenshot from 2013-02-06 15:33:48

  1. charles louie siplao
    March 5, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    it didnt work

    • March 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Some laptops are not supporting multi-touch. So two finger scroll will npt work even if you edit your conf files. please check whether your laptop supports multi touch.

  2. October 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Thank you. I’ve been trying for hours to get my touchpad to work; now it does. not the fancy bits like two finger scrolling, but the basics work. Thank you.

    • October 22, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Some laptop touch-pad doesn’t come with multi-finger touch. Then two finger scroll won’t work. So check touch-pad capabilities.

  3. ter
    July 25, 2014 at 4:04 AM

    Hi, I had multitouch once, but then I installed some updates. One of them (I don’t know wchich one adt I’ve got no idea how to find out) apparently made multi-finger touch stoppet working – when I touch the pad with two fingers the whole computer freezes immediately. I tried your solution, but it didn’t work. Any other ideas? I’m working on Centos.

  1. April 16, 2014 at 12:51 AM
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