In Settings -> Mouse & Touchpad I only see settings for a mouse, when I am using a touchpad. This prevents me from middle clicking with a 3 finger tap on my touchpad which is a critical function for someone who spends a great deal of time working at the terminal.

How can I get Ubuntu 18.10 to recognize my Touch Pad? Installing xserver-xorg-input-synaptics as recommended other places did not help. It still treats it as a mouse, but not being an actual mouse, but being a touch pad, I can't middle click or simultaneously left and right click.

xinput shows the following...

$ xinput
⎡ Virtual core pointer                      id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ VirtualBox mouse integration              id=9    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ VirtualBox USB Tablet                     id=10   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ ImExPS/2 Generic Explorer Mouse           id=12   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎣ Virtual core keyboard                     id=3    [master keyboard (2)]
    ↳ Virtual core XTEST keyboard               id=5    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Power Button                              id=6    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Sleep Button                              id=7    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ Video Bus                                 id=8    [slave  keyboard (3)]
    ↳ AT Translated Set 2 keyboard              id=11   [slave  keyboard (3)]
  • Are you running Ubuntu in VirtualBox?
    – Pilot6
    Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 19:17
  • Yes Ubuntu 18.10 Virtualbox 6.0.4
    – DSn0wMan
    Commented Mar 7, 2019 at 23:03

1 Answer 1


VirtualBox has limited direct access to hardware.

That is why your touchpad can't be managed by a full-feature driver with multitouch capabilities.

You need to install Ubuntu directly for a full-feature touchpad. But that doesn't guarantee that the specific touchpad is fully supported by Linux kernel.

  • So I am basically waiting for virtualbox updates to get better touchpad support?
    – DSn0wMan
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 14:41
  • I don't think VB will support this soon.
    – Pilot6
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 14:45

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