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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!


Looking for an app to easily control and configure your touchpad in Ubuntu Desktop? Touchpad Indicator, an open-source system tray applet, is well worth a try.

Touchpad indicator is a great simple applet that indicates your touchpad status, which also offers:

  • Keyboard shortcut to quickly disable/enable touchpad.
  • Ability to disable touchpad on typing.
  • Basic touchpad configuration like:
    • vertical scrolling
    • horizontal scrolling
    • two fingers vertical or horizontal scrolling
    • one finger, two fingers and three fingers tapping actions


How to install Touchpad Indicator in Ubuntu:

The software can be easily installed from the developer’s PPA repository. Simply open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys, and run commands below one by one:

1. Run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao

Type in your password when it asks and hit Enter.


2. Then update and install touchpad indicator via command:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install touchpad-indicator

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package from HERE and click install via Ubuntu Software.


To remove the software, simply run apt command with remove flag:

sudo apt remove touchpad-indicator && sudo apt autoremove

The PPA can be removed by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.