I have a Dell Latitude 5590 with Ubuntu 18.04 installed alongside Windows 10 in dual-boot.

Inside Windows, I can scroll pages by holding the central button and moving the trackpoint.

Inside Ubuntu, such scrolling feature doesn't work.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

(by the way, the same scrolling feature works on Ubuntu 18.04 with Lenovo Thinkpads)

2 Answers 2


I've found the answer and solved the problem.
I edited the file /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/40-libinput.conf and I changed the following section (the one having pointer identifier), adding the two Option lines:

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "libinput pointer catchall"
        MatchIsPointer "on"
        MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
        Driver "libinput"
        Option "ScrollMethod" "button"
        Option "ScrollButton" "2"
  • This also worked for my Latitude 4790; thank you!
    – Adam
    Sep 15, 2018 at 0:05
  • This worked on Latitude 5491 :)
    – Thomas
    Aug 26, 2019 at 17:01
  • Dell Latitude 5590 and Debian Stretch - also works. Sep 18, 2019 at 19:07

It worked for my Latitude 5401 only after changing the Ubuntu desktop from Wayland (default) to X11. Took me a while to figure this out.


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