I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 on an Acer C7 chromebook with chrubuntu. Overall, it works very well, but there is one minor problem. I would like one finger for left click, and two for right click.

I can achieve this easily with the following commands

synclient TapButton1=1
synclient TapButton2=3
synclient TapButton3=2

However, after reboot (or closing/opening the lid), when I query synclient, the settings are as follows:

TapButton1 = 3
TapButton2 = 1
TapButton3 = 0

This is an odd and undesirable three-finger left click! This persists, even though I have added the following lines to /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/10-synaptics.conf

Option "TapButton1" "1"
Option "TapButton2" "3"
Option "TapButton3" "2"

I've tried adding the synclient commands to correctly configure the touchpad to /etc/rc.local, but it still starts up incorrectly. The only workaround is a script that sets up the touchpad correctly, which I run everytime I re-open the lid. It works, but not the most elegant fix for an otherwise excellent system

Any idea how I can make the touchpad configured correctly at startup, or re-opening the lid? Thanks


Re-installing following two packages could solve your issue:


Follow these steps to remove completely and install it again.

  • Open terminal and execute following command:

    sudo apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-input-multitouch

    be sure you don't remove any other package than xserver-xorg-input-multitouch

    sudo apt-get --purge remove xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

    again follow the same precaution.

  • Once removed execute these commands to install it again:

    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-multitouch
    sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

    again be sure you don't remove any other packages while installing it.

  • Once installed execute following commands to reconfigure it:

    sudo dpkg-reconfigure $(dpkg -l | awk '{print $2}' | grep "^xserver" | tr '\n' ' ')
    sudo update-initramfs -u
  • Then restart your system. Reply if you need further assistance..


If above method doesn't help then you can give a try to gpointing-device-settings Install gpointing-device-settings.

  • You can install it by command:

    sudo apt-get install gsynaptics
  • When installed open it by searching gsynaptics or pointing devices in dash. You can also open it by browsing the path /usr/share/applications through any file manager. Hope its configuration helps you.

  • Thanks for helping, I tried this, but there doesn't seem to be any change. When I start up, I've still got the odd mouse configuration. Any other ideas would be most welcome. – Robin Oct 11 '13 at 18:42
  • Sorry! I forgot to mention a link. Have you tried this link – Saurav Kumar Oct 11 '13 at 20:36
  • Also try to install gsynaptics! Check my edit. – Saurav Kumar Oct 11 '13 at 21:23

Ok, fixed it. The mouse was set up as "left handed" under mouse settings, not sure why. This should be a bug as the left/right handed mouse settings should not affect touchpad tapping.

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