I've been using gpointing-device-settings to enable both two-finger and edge scrolling on my trackpad, but it seems to not "remember" after reboot. The settings are still "ticked" in gpointing-device-settings but two-finger scrolling doesn't work until I uncheck and recheck the tickboxes for two-finger scrolling. How can I get Ubuntu to remember after reboot that I want both two-finger and edge scrolling without having to open gpointing-device-settings each time?


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In dconf-editor you can edit the settings like this:

Go to org/gnome/settings-daemon/peripherals/touchpad There you can select e.g. two finger scrolling instead of boarder scrolling, disable while typing, tap-to click and all the other nice usability-enhancing features.

Maybe it's not as nice as gpointing-device-settings, but if they are not able to keep their tool updated, just forget about it and use dconf-editor.

this seems to affect hundreds or thousands Linux Users from many distributions it seems. https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gpointing-device-settings/+bug/489830

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    Hallelujah thank you. This is been killing me for months. May 14, 2013 at 22:20

Store your current settings:

synclient -l | sed 's/Parameter settings://;s/ //g' > ~/.synpadSettings

Recover them:

cat ~/.synpadSettings | xargs synclient

I'm sure there's a good place to put these as shutdown and startup scripts for the your X session.

  • This works on 14.04, good work, much better than the old way of switching to dconf-editor
    – Anake
    Apr 21, 2014 at 0:58
  • You can use 1d;s/ //g rather than s/Parameter settings://;s/ //g, but this is the best answer. Thanks!
    – mudri
    Apr 24, 2014 at 15:16

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