[Quick Fix] Touchpad Right-click not working in Ubuntu 18.04

July 15, 2018

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After doing a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04 on my old ASUS laptop, I found that the touchpad right-click does not work. This is because Ubuntu 18.04 by default acts right-click when you perform two-finger click on touchpad.

While my laptop touchpad does not have physical buttons, I have to do two-finger click to perform right-click.

So following steps will show you how to make right-click (clicking on the bottom right area of the touchpad) working again in touchpad without a physical button in Ubuntu 18.04.

1. Open Ubuntu Software, search for and install Gnome Tweaks.

2. Launch Gnome Tweaks and navigate to Keyboard & Mouse settings page.

Under Mouse Click Emulation, simply click enable the second option: “Area – Click the bottom right of the touchpad for right-click and the bottom middle for middle click.”

That’s it. Enjoy!

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7 responses to [Quick Fix] Touchpad Right-click not working in Ubuntu 18.04

  1. It does not solves problem completely. In previous ubuntu releases both functionality worked in same time: the fingers tap and area click. Now with tweaks you can choose only one.

  2. Amazing. Thanks a lot.

  3. i spoke too soon. I had to turn off two finger scrolling like the guy above and then this fix worked. that isn’t a great solution, because the two finger scrolling stops working. Using one finger for scrolling on the far side of the touchpad sucks. I hope this behavior is fixed in future relleases.

  4. I had this same problem. Your solution worked like a charm on Ubuntu 18.10 LTS. TY

  5. Thanks for the help man!

  6. Robert Wamala. B May 2, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Doesn’t work with 19.04 version.!!!