Ubuntu – Can’t hold left button on touchpad and drag in 12.04 and no right click

12.04drag and dropmousemulti-touchtouchpad

After updating to 12.04, I cannot use the mouse buttons. I have a work around to be able to drag with the touchpad alone, also to use the touchpad for right click. I would however like to use the actual buttons to drag and drop and actually right click. I have an Acer Aspire S3 series laptop. Does anyone know why this may be happening and how I can fix it?

Best Answer

This is the fix for right click on a touchpad with no buttons i.e. a clickpad!!

create a folder:


the create a file called 51.synaptics.conf

open gedit in root and save the file in the above folder with the following text in the file:

Section "InputClass"
Identifier "Default clickpad buttons"
MatchDriver "synaptics"
Option "SoftButtonAreas" "50% 0 82% 0 0 0 0 0"

log out and then log back in again and you will have right click

if you do not have a clickpad and have actual buttons see what your touchpad is capable off:

xinput -list (to find the name of your touchpad)


xinput list-props "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" | grep Capabilities

you should see some output like this:

Synaptics Capabillities (295):  1, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1

the numbers mean the following:

(1) device has a physical left button
(0) device does not have a physical middle button
(0) device does not have a physical right button
(1) device does support two-finger detection
(1) device does support three-finger detection
(1) device can configure vertical resolution
(1) device can configure horizontal resolution

if I was you I would take a look at the my comment and follow the link, this should help solve your problem.

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