I'm using a fresh install 18.10 on my Samsung Serie 5 Ultra 530U3C A0L notebook.

I really enjoy the Linux experience so far and everything I need works out of the box for me. The only thing missing is tap to click. How can I activate it? I looked for an option in lxqt but couldnt find one. I googled a bit and found this: synclient tapbutton1=1 but typing this in the terminal did not help.


3 Answers 3


this works for me




Section "InputClass"   
  Identifier "touchpad"  
  Driver "libinput"  
  MatchIsTouchpad "on"  
  Option "Tapping" "on"  

and finally


EDIT 06/07/2022 works in Lubuntu 22.04 (presumably works from Lubuntu 20.04 onwards):

  1. Open "Keyboard and Mouse Settings"
  2. Scroll down to "Mouse and Touchpad"
  3. Click on "Device:", select your touchpad (e.g., SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad)
  4. Check "Tap to click"
  5. Select "Apply"

Screenshot final


  • This got the right click functionality on my touchpad working. Thanks
    – Shakes
    Jun 19, 2019 at 15:08
  • This got one, two, and three fingers clicks working. Thank you a lot. Jan 24, 2020 at 22:24

Activating tap-to-click with xinput via command line

  1. Find your device id (in my case 13 bellow ):

    # xinput list

    Look for:

    ↳ ETPS/2 Elantech Touchpad   id=13   [slave  pointer  (2)]
  2. Find the "Tapping" desired option code (in my case 283 bellow):

    # xinput list-props 13

    Look for:

    libinput Tapping Enabled (283): 0
  3. Activate it with "1" using:

    # xinput set-prop 13 283 1
  4. List props once more to confirm:

    # xinput list-props 13

    Look for:

    libinput Tapping Enabled (283): 1


  • 1
    This method would be better as it does not require to make any new file or something. At first, worked for me. But after I reboot, I have the same problem again. Something is missing. Its not permanent.
    – Wings
    Feb 23, 2019 at 16:02
  • @Wings askubuntu.com/questions/20298/…
    – sinclair
    Sep 8, 2019 at 9:37

I don't know if that was already available in 18.10, but in 20.04 there is a setting for that (see Touchpad > Tap to Click):

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