Restore tap to click in Ubuntu 16.04 on Dell XPS 13

by James Newton   Last Updated August 24, 2017 20:02 PM

This question follows on from this one about natural scrolling.

Before I made changes, I could simply tap on the trackpad of my Dell XPS 13 to generate a click. Now I have to explicitly click, which requires extra effort. I would like to restore tap-to-click if that is possible.

I have a Dell XPS 13 which, by default, has a very sensitive trackpad. As you are typing, if you brush the trackpad by accident, the trackpad considers it as a click and the text insertion point jumps to wherever the mouse happens to be. I found and installed this fix for this issue:

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

This inverted the scrolling direction, so I also edited the entry for MatchIsTouchpad in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/90-libinput.conf:

Section "InputClass"
        Identifier "libinput touchpad catchall"
        MatchIsTouchpad "on"
        MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
        Driver "libinput"
        Option "NaturalScrolling" "true"

With this new setup, tap-to-click does not happen. Is this inevitable? Is this the only way to prevent accidentally brushing the trackpad from generating a click? Or is it possible to regulate the sensitivity so that a deliberate tap is treated differently from a fleeting touch?

Answers 1


    Option "Tapping" "True"

... to the entry for MatchIsTouchpad does the trick.

James Newton
James Newton
August 24, 2017 20:10 PM

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