Just got my netbook edition of Ubuntu working with my tablets touch screen about 3 seconds ago... but straight away, I've noticed something - is it possible to make the right click menu show up when I press and hold left click, like on my Win 7 partition?

Now if you'll ecuse me im just gonna go and get mouse gestures working...

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There is an option for this in System->Preferences->Mouse. Click the 'Accessibility' tab then tick the box under Simulated Secondary Click. You can also vary the duration that you need to hold it down for.

Mouse Preferences

Once this is set, you should be able to hold down then release the mouse to get the right click menu. You will see the cursor 'fill up' with a colour (by default, orange) to indicate how long you need to hold the mouse down. When the cursor is completely filled, release the mouse and you will get the right click menu.

  • Thanks. But in Win7, if I press and hold then drag, it allows me to drag with the right button down... is this possible in GNOME?
    – drnessie
    Feb 14, 2011 at 7:33
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    I don't know - you should ask a new question for this particular query.
    – dv3500ea
    Feb 14, 2011 at 16:28
  • This stopped working for me when I upgraded to 11.04. It's probably a bug.
    – user24984
    Sep 14, 2011 at 14:52
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    No, our right click behaviour is a little different from Windows. In Windows, a menu appears after you release the right mouse button, which allows you to do stuff like right click and drag. In Ubuntu, it appears when you press the right mouse button, which allows you to use a menu with a single click. Oct 10, 2011 at 15:57
  • New under accessibility, not under mouse...
    – WitchCraft
    Feb 13, 2014 at 16:10

Go to your mouse preferences and click the accessibility tab. You want "trigger secondary click by holding down primary button".


Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04

Ubuntu supports two-finger right click on multitouch pads, but there’s no much options in Mouse/Touchpad Settings (due to GNOME changes). However it’s possible to activate secondary click by holding down primary button through Dconf Editor which is pre-installed in Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04. So:

  1. open Dconf Editor by searching in Dash;

  2. go to org > gnome > desktop > a11y > mouse;

  3. check secondary-click-enabled;

Secondary Click by Holding Down Primary Button

As seen in the screenshot, it’s possible to set the time of long click as well.


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