On Ubuntu, I can choose between Edge scrolling, and Two-finger scrolling. But it's a radio button, so I have to choose between one and the other.

But is there any way to enable them both at the same time? Is this limitation because of the config GUI only?

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3 Answers 3


You can use synclient VertEdgeScroll=1 to enable vertical edge scrolling,

or synclient VertTwoFingerScroll=1 for two finger scrolling.

Just copy/paste a command into a terminal window, and hit Enter.

So to have both just paste:

synclient VertEdgeScroll=1
synclient VertTwoFingerScroll=1
  • The commands are not persistent, it seems that this setting is being reset every time after I suspend and resume my laptop, and also when I reboot it, so I need to enter those commands again every time.
    – sashoalm
    Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 7:52
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    You are right, touchpad settings are reset on login by gnome-settings-daemon. You can try adapting this answer to your case. The command you'd use would be synclient VertEdgeScroll=1 VertTwoFingerScroll=1, or the two commands, as posted above, it doesn't matter. Commented Feb 2, 2013 at 10:09
  • You can also add the command to the startup process Commented Jul 24, 2017 at 18:05

To enable this permanently:

Create a file with the commands in mikewhatever answer:

echo synclient VertEdgeScroll=1 >> ~/.config/scroll-touchpad
echo synclient VertTwoFingerScroll=1 >> ~/.config/scroll-touchpad

We make it executable, and protect it from being deleted:

chmod +x ~/.config/scroll-touchpad
chmod -w ~/.config/scroll-touchpad

The we add to our gconf settings this file:

gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.peripherals.input-devices hotplug-command '"'$HOME'/.config/scroll-touchpad"'

Now you can restart Gnome, log out and in, etc. and your preferences will persist.

Based on Nahuel answer


Your problem is likely that your computer is recognizing your touchpad as a mouse. Run this command and insure the touch pad is seen as "EPTS/2", not "PS/2".

xinput list

The solution is found at:


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