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Thread: 9.04 touchpad: Middle click using the 2 finger tap

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    Red face touchpad: Middle click using the 2 finger tapping

    I've noticed that since 9.04 the behavior of the touchpad has changed (you can scroll by using 2 fingers dragging) but I find it quite annoying that performing middle clicks by tapping 2 fingers (like it was done before) is very hard, to the point of being frustrating to use it and turning this feature useless.

    ¿Is there some way to fix the middle click or turn back to the old behavior?

    I don't really care for the scrolling with 2 fingers, it might be good when I get accustomed to it, but I used a lot the 2 finger tapping middle click and it's uncomfortable to use the touchpad now without it.

    Thanks
    Last edited by Ferk; November 5th, 2009 at 01:39 PM. Reason: Updating post to show that it still has the bug on 9.10

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    Re: 9.04 touchpad: Middle click using the 2 finger tap

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferk View Post
    I've noticed that in 9.04 the behavior of the touchpad has changed (now you can scroll by using 2 fingers dragging) but I find quite annoying that performing middle clicks by tapping 2 fingers (like it was done before) is very hard, to the point of being frustrating to use it and turning this feature useless.
    ...
    Did you ever figure out a way to change this behavior?

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    Re: 9.04 touchpad: Middle click using the 2 finger tap

    Hey, I just upgraded from 8.04 to 9.10, and I'm seeing the same thing. I'd like to have two-finger tap do the middle click.

    Does anyone know how/where I can configure this behavior?

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    Re: 9.04 touchpad: Middle click using the 2 finger tap

    Check out "man synaptics" from a terminal. (Note the ending 'S' on synaptics!) it will explain how to add a Section "InputDevice" to /etc/X11/xorg.conf to control various touchpad settings. I know that 9.04 and 9.10 may not necessarily have an existing /etc/X11/xorg.conf but you can add one if necessary with only the InputDevice section and it should be used.

    FYI this file must be edited (or created) as root.
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    Re: 9.04 touchpad: Middle click using the 2 finger tap

    I am looking to a solution to revert back to the 2 finger middle click.

    Apparently, 2 finger and 3 finger tap functions has been reversed with 2 fingers giving a right click and 3 giving a middle click. I can understand that the the right click is used more often and thus 2 fingers would be much more appropriate for the commonly used button, but many of us are use to 2 fingers as middle click and especially with cube rotation in Compiz using middle click the 3 fingers just doesn't work.
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    Re: 9.04 touchpad: Middle click using the 2 finger tap

    I would like to know how to achieve this as well. I got very accustomed to using the two finger method of opening links in new tabs in Firefox, and would like to keep this setting.

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    Re: 9.04 touchpad: Middle click using the 2 finger tap

    Me too - 2 finger tap in 9.04 was a middle click, and 3 fingers was right click, however this is reversed for me now in 9.10.

    I used middle click all the time while browsing and tapping three fingers is just too painful. I would much prefer my 2 finger middle-click tap back!

    Has anyone solved this yet? I read above it might mean editing the X11.conf but not sure what to put in it.

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    Re: 9.04 touchpad: Middle click using the 2 finger tap

    wrong thread, apologies!
    Last edited by r4space; November 27th, 2009 at 10:03 AM.

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    Re: 9.04 touchpad: Middle click using the 2 finger tap

    Quote Originally Posted by AmericanYellow View Post
    I am looking to a solution to revert back to the 2 finger middle click.

    Apparently, 2 finger and 3 finger tap functions has been reversed with 2 fingers giving a right click and 3 giving a middle click. I can understand that the the right click is used more often and thus 2 fingers would be much more appropriate for the commonly used button, but many of us are use to 2 fingers as middle click and especially with cube rotation in Compiz using middle click the 3 fingers just doesn't work.

    I agree, it would be nice if there was an option to let us change it to the way we wanted. I only use tapping for the middle click.

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    Re: 9.04 touchpad: Middle click using the 2 finger tap

    /BUMPing this because I too want to know...

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