I have recently installed Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver (development branch) on a Dell Inspiron 13 5000 series.

The actual problem I'm facing is that the right click button for the mousepad is not detected and there is no way to configure it. I'm looking for the right button (below the mousepad area) to work, not having an area in the mousepad that simulates right click, nor wanting to use two fingers tap as right click.

The mouspad has a button for right click which should work, but instead I'm having to use two fingers tap for tight click instead.

Of course if I use an USB mouse attached I can right click but I would like to have same right button click on the mousepad.

Actually I have following pointer output for xinput:

$ xinput
⎡ Virtual core pointer                      id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Logitech USB Receiver                     id=17   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Logitech USB Receiver                     id=19   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ DELL0740:00 06CB:7E7E Touchpad            id=12   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ ELAN Touchscreen                          id=11   [slave  pointer  (2)]

I had same problem while installing PCLinux and Slackware so I am thinking of drivers issue maybe. But not sure how to tackle this.

How can I enable the right button click on the mousepad? Means I want the physical button on the mousepad to work properly.

  • What you see is intended in 18.04. Tap the touchpad with 2 fingers and you will get the context menu. – Rinzwind Apr 21 '18 at 19:49
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    As I stated in my question I don't want to need to use my two fingers tap to emulate right button click. This laptop has a mouse pad with two buttons and I believe the right button click should work to show context menu, but I found no way till now for this to happen. – Cedric Zoppolo Apr 21 '18 at 23:55
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    Possible duplicate of Right Click not working on ubuntu 18.04 – Gonzalo Matheu Apr 30 '18 at 15:28
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    This is not a duplicate. The mentioned question by @GonzaloMatheu states the touchpad has no buttons, whereas my question states the touchpad has buttons, and I'm willing for right button on touchpad to work properly. – Cedric Zoppolo May 2 '18 at 15:19
  • @Fabby the question you refer to mentions on how to simulate right button click with the touchpad area. This is not what I intend to do. The issue I have is that I have two buttons below the mousepad, one for left click and the other for right click. The left button works properly, whereas the right button is not working as expected. This isn't a duplicate I think. – Cedric Zoppolo May 7 '18 at 21:13

Step 1: Install the gnome-tweak-tool

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

Step 2: Open the "gnome-tweak-tool" by writing "gnome-tweak-tool" or simply "tweaks" in the Activities menu and navigate to the tab "Keyboard and Mouse". There go to the tab "Mouse Click Emulation" and choose one of the options "Fingers" or "Area".

Probably you want the "Area" option

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    OP's problem is with the physical right touchpad button. He wants the button to work. This does not answer that question. – user68186 May 7 '18 at 21:27
  • @user68186 yet it is what he wants ;) – Rinzwind May 14 '18 at 20:12
  • I can verify that selecting 'Area' works. It did for me anyway, I also have a Dell Inspiron 13 running Ubuntu 18.04 – tomsgd Aug 4 '18 at 12:07

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