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    Switch workspace with multitouch trackpad

    Hi,

    I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 on a laptop with a trackpad that supports multitouch.
    I can use two fingers for right-mouse click and scrolling, and three fingers for resizing windows (with alt pressed). I was wondering if it's possible to use three fingers for switching workspaces, like on a mac. I haven't been able to find an answer to this anywhere yet.
    Does anyone know how to do this?

    Thanks

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    Re: Switch workspace with multitouch trackpad

    Well, unfortunately, some of these things can be set through Compiz, but others are built-in gestures; the ones that can be set to actions in Compiz are the ones that are regular mouse button events, scrolling, etc. A three-finger swipe isn't a regular mouse-button event, so there's no way for Compiz to recognize it. So, no, I don't think you can set it to workspace switching.

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    Re: Switch workspace with multitouch trackpad

    Quote Originally Posted by Copper Bezel View Post
    A three-finger swipe isn't a regular mouse-button event, so there's no way for Compiz to recognize it.
    Seems like "Touchégg", or something similar, could help :

    http://code.google.com/p/touchegg/

    Since Oneiric 11.10, it's in the official repos (universe).

    Regards.

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    Re: Switch workspace with multitouch trackpad

    Thanks for the replies. I tried Touchégg, but unfortunately it doesn't really work with Unity. At least not with 3 or 4 fingers.

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    Re: Switch workspace with multitouch trackpad

    For me as well touchegg was a dead end. I wrote a little script that exactly what I want. Please see: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2117981

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