Ubuntu – Middle click with a three finger touchpad tap on 11.10, How to restore this


Synaptic touchpads used to support a three finger tap for middle clicking in Ubuntu 10.10 (same as clicking the scroll wheel on a mouse.)

This critical functionality is broken in Ubuntu 11.10

How can I restore middle clicking on a touchpad?

Best Answer

You could use a commandline programme called "synclient", which should be already on your system.

synclient Tapbutton3=2

where "Tapbutton3" means a Two-Finger Tap, and the 2 is for middle click.

This method only works until restart (or some other mousesettings-program overrides it). To get this functionality permanently, put this in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf before "EndSection"

Option "TapButton3" "2"