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I'm running a freshly-installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my Dell Latitude D630 laptop. I generally use the pointer stick/eraser head to move the pointer around the screen, and the corresponding buttons to click (i.e., I don't use the touchpad or its buttons). I'm trying to use synclient to enable a virtual middle button click for the pointer stick-associated buttons, but have only seen how to do it for the touchpad-associated buttons.

Does anyone know how to do this? It seems like synclient only has control over the touchpad buttons (I only see TapButtonN for N=1,2,3)..

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I was able to solve my problem with xinput! Specifically, I ran

  • xinput: with no arguments to determine the device ID of my pointer stick, then ran
  • xinput list-props <device id of pointer stick>: to determine the property name and corresponding ID that I wanted to change. In this case, it was Evdev Middle Button Emulation.
  • xinput set-prop <device id> <property id> 1: to enable middle button emulation.

Then I added it to my global bashrc file to make the setting permanent. Voila!

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