I want to disable my touchpad's "tap to click" feature. Searching for this on the internet comes up with suggestions to shut it off in the "Mouse" preferences, however I am missing the touchpad tab that people keep talking about:

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The closest official documentation I've been able to find is here.

  • The touchpad also doesn't show up in gpointing-device-settings.
  • Unchecking tap_to_click in the /desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad/ gconf key doesn't seem to do anything.
  • What touchpad hardware do you have? How does /var/log/Xorg.0.log describe it?
    – poolie
    Nov 18, 2010 at 7:06

2 Answers 2


The missing touchpad tab indicates that your touchpad is probably not recognized as a touchpad. In that case the hardware emulates a mouse in its firmware, and isn't configurable...

There is information on the wiki about debugging touchpad detection and how to file a bug report about it.


try this:

  1. alt-F2
  2. type: gconf-editor
  3. click Run
  4. open /desktop/gnome/peripherals/touchpad/
  5. uncheck: tap_to_click

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