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    Exclamation 18.04 LTS trackpad "Tap to Click" not working

    Greetings!

    I performed a fresh install of 18.04 LTS on my laptop from 16.04 LTS

    Not liking the desktop environment, I installed the Unity desktop environment to make it function more like 16.04 LTS

    Now, I am not able to get the "Tap to Click" feature to work on my trackpad.

    My lap is a Dell Vostro 2420.

    To the best of my knowledge, all currently available updates are installed. I have also tried Gnome Tweaks with no result. No "Tap to Click" featues are available in the standard settings either.

    This is most annoying, and any help is more than welcome!
    Thank you!!!

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    Re: 18.04 LTS trackpad "Tap to Click" not working

    Quote Originally Posted by isolated-thinker View Post
    Not liking the desktop environment, I installed the Unity desktop environment to make it function more like 16.04 LTS
    I think you need to install the Synaptics Touchpad driver which is something that GNOME Shell doesn't need.
    Code:
    sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
    And then reboot your PC. Let us know if it doesn't work

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    Re: 18.04 LTS trackpad "Tap to Click" not working

    Quote Originally Posted by PaulW2U View Post
    I think you need to install the Synaptics Touchpad driver which is something that GNOME Shell doesn't need.
    Code:
    sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics
    And then reboot your PC. Let us know if it doesn't work
    That did the trick!!!

    Thank you so much!

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    Re: 18.04 LTS trackpad "Tap to Click" not working

    Quote Originally Posted by isolated-thinker View Post
    That did the trick!!!
    Excellent!

    Just be aware that should you decide to revert to GNOME Shell then your mouse and touchpad settings may not work as expected and you may need to remove that package.

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    Re: 18.04 LTS trackpad "Tap to Click" not working

    This saved my day

    Thanks.....

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    Re: 18.04 LTS trackpad "Tap to Click" not working

    Dell XPS 13, 9343 Ubuntu 18.04 mit Unity

    Unfortunately for my configuration this did not work.

    Workaround:
    command line:

    $ xinput set-prop 13 308 1

    sets the touchpad tap as enabled

    check with
    $ xinput list-props 13

    As this is not permanent you have to do it every time you restart or write a script and start it with ubuntu

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    Re: 18.04 LTS trackpad "Tap to Click" not working

    i did it and lost my keyboard ! impossible to log-in...
    i had to boot in recovery mode and here is what saved me :
    Code:
    sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-all

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