How can I increase the pointer speed and scrolling speed of Apple Trackpad beyond the max speed allowed in System Settings? I'm using Ubuntu 12.04.01.

Please see below the mouse and trackpad settings

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Also I have installed the package kde-config-touchpad and not installed utouch. I have used this blog for doing so.

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This is the only way I can think of that might change pointer speed beyond the default allotment. It might not work.

Install dconf editor:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools 

Run dconf-editor and navigate to:

org -> gnome -> settings-daemon -> peripherals -> touchpad  

There you can play around with the value of motion-acceleration. The max value that System Settings gives is 10, so maybe setting it to 20 would work.

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  • I tried to do it manually via command line by changing the xinput configuration file, but it kept on reverting to the default settings. Now I am using dconf and it works. The strange part is the change made at dconf doesn't reflect back on the xinput config file. Is it strange or dconf works differently? Dec 22, 2014 at 4:22
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    What do I do if there is no "touchpad" option under peripherals? Jun 30, 2016 at 9:08
  • @Steve what version of Ubuntu are you running?
    – Seth
    Jun 30, 2016 at 14:33
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    @Seth I'm running 16.04 Jun 30, 2016 at 18:38
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    @Seth Didn't work. However xset m command seems to work.
    – Rahul
    Oct 19, 2017 at 17:54
  1. Open System Settings.

  2. Click Mouse and Touchpad

  3. Increase Acceleration.

also see Configure mouse speed (not pointer acceleration!)

  • Please see the images for the present settings. 1. There is no setting for wheel speed of mouse. 2. The pointer speed of trackpad is miserable (almost making it useless) and there is no threshold control in the trackpad. Feb 18, 2013 at 17:40

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