Ubuntu – How to deactivate kinetic scrolling on touchpad in GTK3 applications


I'd like to deactivate the "kinetic scrolling" behavior of the GTK3 applications in Ubuntu 18.04 with Gnome 3 (e.g. evince, gedit). If I scroll with the touchpad and don't lift my fingers perfectly vertically, the content keeps on scrolling as if it had momentum.

Is there a global GTK setting to deactivate the kinetic scrolling feature?

I found a couple of posts related to this, but not specifically to deactivate kinetic scrolling. It was only about smooth scrolling (with PageUp/Down keys) or about activating kinetic scrolling.

Best Answer

  • You should be able to change the behaviour in Settings > Devices > Mouse & Touchpad.

    If you aren't using Unity, you might want to launch the settings via

    $ unity-control-center

    If you don't see any suitable settings there you may want to remove libinput again and switch to synaptics again:

    $ sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-input-libinput libinput-tools
    $ sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-all xserver-xorg-input-evdev xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

    And then configure it via synclient.

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