How to Enable Multitouch Feature Like MAC in UBUNTU Linux

Mac was the first device to introduce multitouch. Multitouch is a cool feature which makes navigation and usage a lot more easier. Synaptic is the market leader in producing touchpads and pointing devices. The synaptic has also launched a gesture suite which is like MAC’s multitouch. It is a new driver which supports multitouch.

When you install ubuntu the latest synaptic drivers are automatically installed, but in some cases the multi touch feature is disabled. You can enable the multi touch feature by navigating to

System->Preferences->Mouse->Touchpad
How to Enable Multitouch Like MAC in UBUNTU Linux

and select the two finger scrolling. The two finger scrolling enables the multitouch on your ubuntu system.

In some cases the two finger scrolling option is disabled. There is a workaround for this follow the following steps to enable multitouch on your ubuntu system.

Step1.) Open an editor, can be any editor either gedit or vi.

vi multitouch

Step2.) Paste the following lines of code in the file

synclient VertTwoFingerScroll=1
synclient HorizTwoFingerScroll=1
synclient EmulateTwoFingerMinW=5
synclient EmulateTwoFingerMinZ=48

Step3) save the file using
:wq

Step4.) Now we have to make the file executable.

sudo chmod a+x multitouch

Step5.) to execute the file type
./multitouch

This will make the multitouch work but the settings will be lost everytime you reboot. You can add this file to startup so that every time ubuntu reboots multitouch is enabled by default.

Navigate to :-
Preferences -> Startup application
You can now add the multitouch file to it.

How to Enable Multitouch Feature Like MAC in UBUNTU Linux

Note you can use the xterm -e parameter if the multitouch file is not starting at the startup.

Akash Deep Singh

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