I upgraded to Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 from 16.04. I have an HP Laptop with a touchpad. Previously you could scroll using the right hand edge of the touchpad, but no longer. I can only use two-finger scroll, and I don't like it, it also tends to not work that well.

I tried similar instructions to this answer and this one too, but the "touchpad" option is missing in dconf-editor under the following tree:

org > gnome > settings-daemon > peripherals > touchpad

I have installed gnome-tweak-tool for Gnome 3.20 (using these instructions), but it has no options available either.

Any ideas how to get scrolling using the edge of the touchpad?


I looked under

org > gnome > desktop > peripherals > touchpad

and the settings were available. But the scrolling parameter was already set to edge-scrolling (see image below), but it does not seem to work.

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UPDATE 2: I created a new user. Because they would have fresh settings and would show that my settings may be slightly corrupt. But the new user has the same issue.

  • don't use 16.10 but maybe have a look in /org/gnome/desktop/peripherals/touchpad and /mouse – doug Oct 28 '16 at 0:42
  • @doug thanks, I looked under /org/gnome/desktop/peripherals/touchpad and mouse, and I found the settings, but that did not help. I have updated the question with a screenshot. And I like near-bleeding-edge and this is my only issue with 16.10 at the moment. – psiphi75 Oct 28 '16 at 3:07
  • I see that ubuntu-gnome 16.10 is using xserver-xorg-input-libinput. Apparently those dconf options won't apply to libinput. If that's the case you can either try installing xserver-xorg-input-synaptics & removing xserver-xorg-input-libinput, after a reboot edge would likely work. Otherwise you'd need to research how to affect changes to libinput, I looked at that some time ago but atm don't remember. (creating a file somewhere... maybe – doug Oct 28 '16 at 22:53
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    maybe look here - wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Libinput though also read here - ask.fedoraproject.org/en/question/89443/… – doug Oct 28 '16 at 22:56
  • @doug, awesome, and thanks a lot. That last link you provided did the trick. If you write up the answer I will accept it. I used the exact steps as on the ask Fedora page. – psiphi75 Oct 29 '16 at 0:04

Libinput on X11 workaround. This was taken directly from ask.fedoraproject.org. This is what made it work for my Ubuntu GNOME.

There is a workaround for libinpunt on X11:

1) Determine ID of your touchpad, for me it was the SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad with id of 11:

xinput list

2) Create desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications named edge-scroll-workaround.desktop. This creates the edge-scroll-workaround application.

vim ~/.local/share/applications/edge-scroll-workaround.desktop

3) Place here this code in the edge-scroll-workaround.desktop file:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Edge scroll workaround
Exec=/usr/bin/xinput set-prop **ID OF TOUCHPAD** "libinput Scroll Method Enabled" 0, 1, 0

4) In Tweak Tool (available in gnome-tweak-tool package) go to Startup Applications, click on + and in list find Edge scroll workaround.

5) Run edge-scroll-workaround.desktop, I do this by clicking the Super key and typing edge- and the application should appear. Logout/login or restart and that's it.


Go to settings and go to this section:

Org > Gnome > Desktop > Peripherals > Touchpad

Once you are there, change natural-scroll to false.

  • Unfortunately this does not work for me. – psiphi75 Jan 8 '17 at 8:06

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