I can't figure out how I allow my iBook to right click in Ubuntu. It's one big button; so, I used to hold Option and click. I'm willing to do that, but I can't figure out how. Unless, of course, I've completely let the noob out and one doesn't right click in Ubuntu.

Thanks for the help!

3 Answers 3


I found it.

You need to edit the scrip that they talk about her to mimic right clicking, not middle clicking. Here are the steps.

  1. Install mouseemu:

    sudo apt-get install mouseemu
  2. edit the /etc/default/mouseemu file:

    sudo nano /etc/default/mouseemu
  3. Then add this to the file:

    RIGHT_CLICK="-right 125 272"      # Left Apple Key (LEFTMETA) + click
  4. Do everything else the same as the forum post.

I hope this helps folks.

Reference: Ubuntu Forums: i can't right click


There are instructions in Ubuntu Wiki (see topic "Trackpad").

Basically, you can map right click to two finger click by modifying system preferences and /usr/lib/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.conf:

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "touchpad catchall"
    MatchIsTouchpad "on"
    MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
    Driver "synaptics"

    Option "FingerLow" "10"
    Option "FingerHigh" "20"

To achieve familiar behavior with the Apple trackpad go to System -> Preferences -> Mouse and select the Touchpad tab. Select Disable touchpad while typing. Deselect Enable mouse clicks with touchpad. Select Two-finger scrolling.

(quote from wiki)

  • That would work for a MacBook, but I'm looking for an iBook G4, which was before synaptic, two-finger clicking. To right-click on the Mac OS X, one had to press Option and then click.
    – Dorje
    Mar 2, 2011 at 6:20
  • Oh crap. My bad. Another option: help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBook3-1/… (section "Middle&Right Click with Left&Right Cmd Keys"). It's for Intrepid, but you could try it with newer Ubuntu too.
    – Olli
    Mar 2, 2011 at 6:37
  • Nope...that's for an even new laptop. MacBook is before iBook.
    – Dorje
    Mar 2, 2011 at 7:10
  • @user11694: yes, I know that. However, most probably keycodes for control buttons are same for MacBook and iBook.
    – Olli
    Mar 2, 2011 at 7:58

By default (with Lubuntu 12.04 on the iBook G4 I am currently using), middle-click is mapped on F11, and right-click on F12.

I can also do a right-click by making a "two-finger tap" on the touchpad.

  • With Lubuntu 16.04 freshly installed on an iBook G4, the two-finger tap doesn't work by default.
    – hmijail
    Sep 20, 2016 at 10:21

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