How to enable touchpad click

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Fedora tries to make various desktop environments available to its users. Since Fedora tries to stay as close to upstream as possible, we follow the various defaults selected by the desktop environment upstreams. Generally, this entails a disabled touchpad click by default. This wiki page tries to compile the different methods that can be used to enable "tapping" on various desktop environments.

Desktop configurations

GNOME

The "mouse and touchpad" utility can be used to enable tapping and set scrolling options in GNOME.

KDE

LXDE

Copy the /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/

cp /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

Then, in your favourite text editor, modify this file as such:

Section  "InputClass"
Identifier  "touchpad catchall"
Driver  "synaptics"
MatchIsTouchpad  "on"

####################################
## The lines that you need to add ##
# Enable left mouse button by tapping
Option  "TapButton1"  "1"
# Enable vertical scrolling
Option  "VertEdgeScroll"  "1"
# Enable right mouse button by tapping lower right corner
Option "RBCornerButton" "3"
####################################

MatchDevicePath  "/dev/input/event*"
EndSection

For more information on tweaking xorg.conf.d files, please read the man page:

man xorg.conf

XFCE

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XFCE 4.10 in Fedora 18
XFCE in Fedora 18 will be version 4.10 which will have a utility similar to GNOME

For Fedora <= 17, and therefore XFCE <= 4.8:

Copy the /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/

cp /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

Then, in your favourite text editor, modify this file as such:

Section  "InputClass"
Identifier  "touchpad catchall"
Driver  "synaptics"
MatchIsTouchpad  "on"

####################################
## The lines that you need to add ##
# Enable left mouse button by tapping
Option  "TapButton1"  "1"
# Enable vertical scrolling
Option  "VertEdgeScroll"  "1"
# Enable right mouse button by tapping lower right corner
Option "RBCornerButton" "3"
####################################

MatchDevicePath  "/dev/input/event*"
EndSection

For more information on tweaking xorg.conf.d files, please read the man page:

man xorg.conf

MATE

Other window managers

Copy the /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/

cp /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

Then, in your favourite text editor, modify this file as such:

Section  "InputClass"
Identifier  "touchpad catchall"
Driver  "synaptics"
MatchIsTouchpad  "on"

####################################
## The lines that you need to add ##
# Enable left mouse button by tapping
Option  "TapButton1"  "1"
# Enable vertical scrolling
Option  "VertEdgeScroll"  "1"
# Enable right mouse button by tapping lower right corner
Option "RBCornerButton" "3"
####################################

MatchDevicePath  "/dev/input/event*"
EndSection

For more information on tweaking xorg.conf.d files, please read the man page:

man xorg.conf