Enable one finger and two finger tap on laptop

Hello all,

When using Ubuntu Unity 21.10 I was shock seeing there wasn’t an option for one finger tap for left click and 2 finger tap for right click. For me it’s my workflow if I’m using my laptop on the go without a mouse.

Thanks to nonNumericalFloat on AskUbuntu forum here’s how to install and enable:

  1. Update the repos
    sudo apt update
  2. Install the driver
    sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics-hwe-18.04
  3. Reboot and you’ll be able to one and two finger tap on the touchpad

Tested on Ubuntu Unity Remix 21.10, hopefully it’ll be added on a new update or to Ubuntu 22.04

Source: touchpad - Ubuntu 18.04 Enable Tap-to-click on Unity desktop - Ask Ubuntu

Only sudo apt install xserver-xorg-input-synaptics should be sufficient enough if a touchpad doesn’t work as should. The HWE driver is not needed.

All of the Ubuntu flavors (if not all linux distro’s) do not ship synaptics by default and they won’t since libinput is being shipped as default driver these days. libinput works well on some computers and some not at all.