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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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


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 Feb 2 '13 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. – mikewhatever Feb 2 '13 at 10:09
  • You can also add the command to the startup process – Peterson Silva Jul 24 '17 at 18:05

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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