It seems I've lost some of my mouse and touchpad settings:

mouse touchpad settings problem ubuntu 16.04

As it is, I can move the pointer with the touchpad, but there's no tap-to-click and it's set to non-natural two-finger scrolling.

So far, I've tried uninstalling/installing Synaptics touchpad driver, but no luck with that.

Does anyone know how can I get scrolling and click options back?

  • In ubuntu 16.04 LTS touchpad worked and Fn+F9 could enable/disable touchpad and I saw touchpad settings in "Mouse & Touchpad". Recently I switched to ubuntu Gnome 16.04 LTS and I faced with the same issue. I solved this by installing missing packages sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-libinput xorg-input-abi-22 xserver-xorg-core from this answer askubuntu.com/a/778766/542791 – Alexey Volodko Sep 9 '17 at 17:13

Alright, so I found a solution to my issue here, but here's a more concise explanation of what actually solved my issue:

Basically, I had to go to /usr/shar/X11/xorg.conf.d and edit the 50-synaptics.conf file. Assuming root privileges, I opened this file in nano and added the following three lines under the third stanza, right below any already-listed Option:

Option "VertEdgeScroll" "1"
Option "TapButton2" "2"
Option "TapButton3" "3"

I then saved this as 90-synaptics.conf and removed any competing libinput files. Rebooted, and got back tap-to-click, two-fingered right click, and edge scrolling (both vertical AND horizontal); exactly the same setup I had before.

From the Mouse and Touchpad settings menu, I regained everything but the ability to turn on/off horizontal scrolling.


I had the same problem on 19.10. It turned out that I didn't have the package xserver-xorg-input-synaptics installed. It turns out is doesn't have a chain of dependency from ubuntu-desktop.

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