Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

There is no option in Mouse & Touchpad Settings to enable horizontal scrolling in Ubuntu 13.04+ (Raring/Saucy/Trusty) (GNOME 3.8+):

Mouse & Touchpad Settings

No horizontal scrolling even by enabling two finger scroll or content sticks to fingers.

How is it possible?

share|improve this question
up vote 58 down vote accepted

There’s a way through dconf Editor; so:

  1. open dconf Editor through the Dash;
  2. go to org > gnome > settings-daemon > peripherals > touchpad;
  3. check horiz-scroll-enabled, as you see in the screenshot.

Enable horizontal scrolling

Edit: Dconf Editor was pre-installed on 13.04, where I first faced the problem; but on 13.10 and 14.04 it’s easier to use gsettings, see Samuel Cavazos’s answer.

share|improve this answer
Thank you! I still don't understand the reason for removing that option from the control panel :/ – mid_kid Apr 16 '13 at 21:09
Yeah, me too. Seems it’s about GNOME project, where functionality is sacrificed for simplicity! – AliNa Apr 17 '13 at 19:10
At least they don't make it impossible ;) – mid_kid Apr 23 '13 at 15:37
This is a moment when I wish stackoverflow framework permitted multiple upvotes ;) thanks – lu1s Jul 23 '13 at 8:23
@AliNa I aproved an edit that compliments your findings. – Braiam Oct 19 '13 at 21:35

Or just run

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.touchpad horiz-scroll-enabled "true"

in a terminal

share|improve this answer
This trick also works great if you have the opposite goal: turning the horizontal scroll off. Just set the variable to “false” instead of “true”. – Bryson S. May 8 '15 at 0:45

Alternative way: run this in your command line

synclient HorizTwoFingerScroll=1
share|improve this answer
Does it enable edge scrolling too if I’ve disabled two-finger scrolling? – AliNa Aug 29 '13 at 15:45
I think edge scrolling is controlled by other options: VertEdgeScroll and HorizEdgeScroll – Dmitry Pashkevich Jan 18 '14 at 15:55
Neither dconf editor nor gsettings worked for me on Lubuntu 14.04, but this one did: synclient HorizEdgeScroll=1 – iynque Mar 6 '15 at 3:08

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.