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    Getting acer aspire S3-951 elantech synaptics clickpad right click working

    For those having troubles with rightclick on synaptics clickpads on *ubuntu 12.04 you can edit the clickpad config with synclient tools:
    Use this command
    Code:
    synclient -l
    to list you clickpad properties;Among them find the following:

    Code:
        LeftEdge                = 106
        RightEdge               = 2558
        TopEdge                 = 103
        BottomEdge              = 1821
    These numbers determine the XY coordinates of your topleft to bottomright corner of your clickpad [for some reason in my case the top-left doesn't start from (0,0) coordinates, but no panic].

    Now tell your kernel/drivers that you have a clickpad:

    Code:
    synclient clickpad=1
    Enable the right click if it was not:

    Code:
    synclient RBCornerButton=2
    This tells that the Right-Bottom corner button is assigned to mouse button "2" (that should be the right click event).

    Finally specify an area in which the right click is accepted. This area corresponds to a rectangle in the bottom right corner of your clickpad (in my case I configured it to take the whole right half of the lower board of the clickpad:

    Code:
    synclient RightButtonAreaLeft=1300 RightButtonAreaRight=2558 RightButtonAreaTop=1600 RightButtonAreaBottom=1821
    Now if you CLICK (not TAP) on the lower right corner of the clickpad you should be able to see the right click action.
    Last edited by InuY4sha; August 26th, 2012 at 02:47 PM.

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    Re: Getting acer aspire S3-951 elantech synaptics clickpad right click working

    Thank you for the post InuY4sha!
    It works for me, though when I restart my computer, right click stops working again. Is there any workaround for that?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Getting acer aspire S3-951 elantech synaptics clickpad right click working

    Try the following procedure to get those commands to execute when you log on (all commands to be issued from a terminal window):

    1. Create a file for those commands:
    Code:
    leafpad $HOME/touchpad
    ...and copy/paste these commands into the window:
    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    synclient clickpad=1
    synclient RBCornerButton=2
    synclient RightButtonAreaLeft=1300 RightButtonAreaRight=2558 RightButtonAreaTop=1600 RightButtonAreaBottom=1821
    ...then save and close the file.

    2. Make the file executable:
    Code:
    chmod +x $HOME/touchpad
    3. Add the file to your startup programs via Settings Manager -> Session Startup -> Application Autostart.

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