Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Touchpad “Tap zones”

I’ll also write a little bit about using “Tap zones” in Ubuntu after installing that on my notebook. The “original” article for Fedora 9 with some more background information can be found here. By default Ubuntu already has some configuration for the touchpad in /etc/X11/xorg.conf. So we’ll just have to add a few lines. Type in a terminal:

$ gksudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Locate the following section:

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier    “Synaptics Touchpad”
Driver        “synaptics”
Option        “SendCoreEvents”    “true”
Option        “Device”        “/dev/psaux”
Option        “Protocol”        “auto-dev”
Option        “HorizEdgeScroll”    “0”
EndSection

Add the lines with RTCornerButton and LBCornerButton to the section so you’ll get something like this:

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier    “Synaptics Touchpad”
Driver        “synaptics”
Option        “SendCoreEvents”    “true”
Option        “Device”        “/dev/psaux”
Option        “Protocol”        “auto-dev”
Option        “HorizEdgeScroll”    “0”
Option        “RTCornerButton” “6”    # right top corner
Option        “LBCornerButton” “7”    # left bottom corner

EndSection

Watch out with copy/pasting this from this blog as it might change the quotes (“) to something that’s not going to work, so retype the quotes if you notice that the quotes looks different from the other sections!

Logout and login again and change the Compiz settings using gconf-editor. Type, again in a terminal:

$ gconf-editor

Walk to /apps/compiz/general/allscreens/options. Look for minimize_window_button and set it to Button7. Also look for toggle_window_maximized_button and set it to Button6.

That’s all🙂

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