Ubuntu – How to alter touchpad settings on Ubuntu GNOME 16.04


After upgrading to Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 with GNOME 3.20 I have found that if I tap my touchpad it clicks which is something I do not want due to a faulty touchpad, previously I was able to disable this through the gnome-control-center, but seemingly there is no way to do this any more through there, so how do I do it? Also, even though it is set to false in gsettings and the dconf-editor seemingly for some reason somewhere in the system it is also set to true as it is behaving as such. I am also unable to set natural scrolling or any of the other touchpad settings seemingly, why not?

Best Answer

To be able to set these settings through Terminal or through the gnome-control-center you need to make sure that you have xserver-xorg-input-libinput installed. It appears to be a bug that it is not already installed by default, in order to install simply run:

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-libinput

After doing so and then logging out and in again you will find new settings in the gnome-control-center's Mouse & Touchpad settings:

New Mouse & Touchpad settings

You should now also be able to set the touchpad settings through the dconf-editor and gsettings in Terminal.

Related: LP Bug #1586657

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