Questions related to the configuration and activation of touchpad/trackpads.

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How to disable the touchpad?

I want my touchpad to be disabled when I use my mouse. How can I do that? touchpad-indicator has stopped working on 11.10. It used to work on 11.04. Gnome3 is not a solution as I don't like it and ...
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How to configure the touchpad middle click?

In almost all the large modern Linux distributions and in the last releases of Ubuntu-based distributions the touchpad was configured out of the box to have right, left and middle clicks and you could ...
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Reverse two finger scroll direction?

Two-fingered scrolling is working fine, but is there a way that I can reverse the direction? It seems backwards opposed to the way OSX does it.
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Enable horizontal scrolling in Ubuntu

There is no option in Mouse & Touchpad Settings to enable horizontal scrolling in Ubuntu 13.04+ (Raring/Saucy/Trusty) (GNOME 3.8+): No horizontal scrolling even by enabling two finger scroll or ...
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Disable Touchpad While Typing does not work

I already checked that Option in the Settings but it won't work. I also searched for solutions in this site but none of those work. What should I do?
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How do I restore two finger middle click again?

it used to be that tapping two fingers on the touchpad send a middle mouse click. Now it does a right click and three fingers now are the middle click. I really can't understand the change and think ...
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how to achieve multi touch gestures in ubuntu 14.04

is it possible to get multitouch gestures in ubuntu 14.04 like macbook? if possible how to activate or install multi touch gestures ? my laptop is lenovo z580.it has syanptics touchpad which supports ...
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50-synaptics.conf options not working

How does Ubuntu come up with the default synaptics settings? I've got Ubuntu Netbook 10.10 installed on an Eeepc 900. Out of the box TapButton2 was set to 3, and TapButton3 was set to 2. I have ...
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Touchpad not working on Dell XPS L501x

I just installed Ubuntu 11.10 (64 bit) and my touchpad is dead. Some ideas?
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Touchpad gestures to change workspace

I was talking to a friend who owns a Mac. He has his set up so that when he swipes three fingers across his touchpad, it moves to the workspace in that direction. Is it possible to set this up in ...
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How to edit Unity multitouch gestures?

I can't find a way to modify the touchpad gestures Unity uses by default on Ubuntu 12.04/12.10. Tried with Ginn, but it shows error subscribing to gestures and it seems because of Unity. Is there a ...
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How to disable touchpad while using trackpoint on a Thinkpad?

Thinkpads (e.g. X230 that I'm using) have both a trackpoint and a touchpad. The touchpad is disabled when typing. However, when I'm using the trackpoint, I often touch the touchpad as well, and ...
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Will the Logitech T650 rechargable wireless touchpad work with Ubuntu?

I've searched Google, but haven't found any answer to this. I'm thinking about getting the Logitech T650 wireless touchpad as a replacement for my old mouse. (More information: ...
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Synaptic touchpad on laptop not working

I'm using a laptop with built-in touch-pad that works in Windows 7. But after I switched to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, it's not working now.
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How to disable touchpad on Dell Latitude E-Series (E5510, E6510)?

I want to disable the touchpad. I want to keep the trackstick. Is it possible? The Alps touchpad is recognized by the kernel as a PS/2 Generic Mouse. Not all its features are supported by the kernel ...
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Dell Inspiron N5110 Keyboard & Touchpad

                                                                    I have Dell Laptop " N 5110 " How do make 2 finger scrolling work + 2 fingers zoom in & zoom out work How to Fn + f3 To ...
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How to use trackpoint but keep touchpad disabled on Lenovo ThinkPad e531

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad e531 laptop. This model has both a touchpad and a trackpoint. I'd like to use the Trackpoint, because I'm used to it from my previous laptop, but I'd also like to disable the ...
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Horizontal scrolling treated as right click in Java applications

I've enabled horizontal scrolling for my touchpad in Ubuntu 11.04, but when using it in Java applications (NetBeans in my case) it is instead as a right click. Horizontal scrolling works perfectly in ...
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state of multitouch gestures in 14.04 / Unity

This seems like one of the most-asked items around here, but the Ubuntu dev team has been making changes fast in this area, so recent information is important. I'm on a macbook pro 9,2. When I ...
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How to disable two-fingers/right-click in touchpad?

I would like to disable the function right-click when tapping the touchpad with two fingers, because it is always interfering with the two-fingers/scrolling function. I also would like to maintain the ...
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How can I personalize my MacBook Pro Touchpad?

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on a MacBook Pro 5.5. I'm just wondering if there is something that takes all the kinks out of the touch-pad. It works good, but it feels sluggish, double tap works about ...
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How to activate Pinch-To-Zoom/Twisting with Synaptics Touchpad?

Where do I find those features? In Ubuntu there's only an option to enable Two-Finger-Scrolling. Greetz.
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How do I disable touchpad tap to click?

You've heard this a million times but the "tap to click" is a pain in the behind and I want to disable it. There is no touchpad in gpointing-device-settings and neither in mouse and touchpad in system ...
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How do I disable a touchpad using the command line?

Is there a way to disable a touchpad using a terminal command?
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Disable Mouse Movement in Tap Zones on Synaptics Trackpad

I have an HP dv6-3160 with a "soft" trackpad e.g. the buttons are part of it. Ubuntu 12.10 works well with it apart from when I want to drag+drop. Because the mouse movement area includes the buttons ...
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mouse and touchpad settings missing

I am using the latest version of ubuntu 14.04 in the new lenovo Z510 ideapad laptop. I came across this problem while i was trying to enable my two-finger swipe action. Usually the mouse and touchpad ...
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How do I enable Middle mouse button emulation in 12.04 LTS?

How do I enable Middle mouse button emulation in 12.04 LTS? I think it was disabled by default in the last release. I'm sure this is a silly question but I can't find a generic answer, they all seem ...
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What's the recommended way to configure a Synaptics touchpad device?

I want to increase the scroll area by moving the so-called RightEdge a bit towards the middle. Right now I'm doing this via a one-liner that's called at session start (added via ...
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Use laptop trackpad as graphics tablet

I'm interested in using my laptop trackpad as a drawing tablet, i.e. using absolute rather than relative coordinates, similar to Inklet for OSX. The same question was asked in ubuntuforums.org in May ...
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Enable two-finger scrolling on ALPS touchpad

How can I set up two-finger scrolling on an ALPS touchpad that doesn't support multiple fingers? The relevant output from xinput list is as follows: ⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 ...
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Alps Touchpad on Dell: how do I install the DKMS driver to enable multitouch?

Now I know that this has been asked several times here but I couldn't find any decent solution to it. I am running Ubuntu 12.04 on my DELL N5110 and my touchpad is detected as a mouse, So I don't ...
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Enable both: two finger scrolling and edge scrolling permanently

Recently, I have upgraded from 13.04 to 13.10. First, I found problem in edge scrolling. After surfing in net about the problem I came to know that Ubuntu 13.10 has default two-finger scroll option ...
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Disable pad click

I keep typing in the wrong place because of the pad getting touched while I am typing causing a click that re-place the cursor in another position. In Windows, I can easily disable that so the pad is ...
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How do I make my synclient settings stick? - Ubuntu 13.04

The default setting for synaptics touchpads includes a paste functionality mapped to the upper right corner of the touchpad. I can disable this behavior by running the command synclient ...
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How to enable Two finger scrolling on Lenovo Thinkpad T400/W540

It is disabled (greyed out) in Mouse and Touchpad settings. Edge scrolling works though :) Tried many solutions available online but couldn't succeed. My touchpad is SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad
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How do I configure the touchpad so that the cursor doesn't move when I click?

Just installed 12.04 LTS and I experience some problems with my touchpad. Everytime I tap/double tap, the cursor is moving around (not static as should be). For example if I want to close a window, I ...
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Middle mouse click emulation on trackpad, how can I set it?

I've just updated to Ubuntu 11.10 and I'm using Unity. Since the update I can no longer use 'Middle Clicks' with the Track-pad. Tab-browsing in Firefox has become a pain :( I used to swap the 'three ...
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How do I make modprobe changes permanent?

I have been having several issues with my touchpad since upgrading to 12.04LTS. I believe it is an issue with the Elantech driver. I have found that the following commands fix my problem, however, ...
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Did 12.04 just add multi-touch gesture support mid-release?

I was reviewing the updates I was about to download today and I noticed that a lot of them had to do with gesture support, noticed that many of these were new installs rather than upgrades. Has ...
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Can I automatically deactivate my touchpad when a USB-mouse is connected?

I know that I can check if the touchpad is active with gconftool-2 --get /desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad/touchpad_enabled and I can set it disabled / enabled with gconftool-2 --set --type ...
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Grab Handles appearing randomly, causes erratic mouse behavior

I did a clean install of Ubuntu 11.10 recently. Every so often, Grab Handles will appear on the active window. Sometimes they simply disappear after a few seconds without causing me any problems. ...
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How do I disable the touchpad using the upper left corner on an HP Pavilion dv6?

To disable the touchpad on an HP Pavilion dv6, you double tap on an area in the upper left hand corner of the touchpad. Then the blue indicator light around the border of the touchpad turns red, and ...
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Why does the “Mouse” preferences GUI not allow me to enable two-finger scrolling?

I know that my touchpad is capable of it. I can enable glitch-free two-finger scrolling by running this script: #! /bin/sh synclient VertTwoFingerScroll=1 synclient HorizTwoFingerScroll=1 synclient ...
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How can I disable Elantech Touchpad while typing on Ubuntu 12.10?

I have an Asus laptop (non zenbook) which I purchased last week. It has an Elantech Touchpad on it. Here's what's working: Edge scrolling or Two Finger Scrolling. Three finger and Two finger. Left ...
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Middle click with a three finger touchpad tap on 11.10, How can I restore this?

Synaptic touchpads used to support a three finger tap for middle clicking in Ubuntu 10.10 (same as clicking the scroll wheel on a mouse.) This critical functionality is broken in Ubuntu 11.10 How ...
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How to tune touchpad for smaller area?

I just purchased the Asus Zenbook UX31A and I require some advice regarding tuning the touchpad. Basically my problem is that the mouse buttons are withing the touch area and I would like it to be ...
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How to enable disable touchpad from double-clicking on its special area

I have a laptop HP-Pavilion-g (1246-ef) running in dual boot Windows and Xubuntu. In Windows I can use its special area (a small dip) in the upper left corner of the touchpad to disable / enable on ...
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How do I load the synaptics driver on 12.04? (Scrolling does not work)

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 on my new Lenovo z580 laptop. The touchpad maker is Synaptics. However Ubuntu is unable to load the Synaptics driver, although the driver has been installed. Due to this, ...
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Touchpad Problem - shortly after login, it stops working

I've Ubuntu 11.10 and my problem is about the touchpad. At the beginning of my computer it's works fine, but after opening an application or a few minutes, it stops working and I have to use a USB ...
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How to permanently disable touchpad in 12.04? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to disable Touchpad? I'm looking for a way to permanently disable the touchpad in Ubuntu 12.04 (my computer is a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge on which it isn't possible to ...