Here's my setup:

  • Dell precision 5540
  • elementary OS Hera (up to date as of 12/17)

In order to have a macOS like experience I installed lib gesture to switch workspace using a 3-finger gesture.

Unfortunately, it seems to have some weird 2-finger behavior that switches the workspace on a very slight horizontal 2-finger gesture; 2 fingers are to scroll a window content and not switch workspaces.

I disabled lib gesture to test if it was the culprit but no. It's seems to be managed by the OS. If I disable scrolling in System SettingsMouse & TouchpadTouchpad, this gesture is disabled. I only want to scroll window content using 2 fingers, not workspaces.

  • Probably you mean up-to-date Hera, because Juno do not receive any updates anymore. I have libinput gestures also, on a HP Pavilion Powerbook and everything works as it should. Can you share (edit your question and add) your ~/.config/libinput-gestures.conf file?
    – Bo rislav
    Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 21:25
  • Indeed 5.1 Hera, I apt update/upgrade very often. If I remove comments in /libinput-gestures.conf: gesture swipe up 3 xdotool key super+a gesture swipe down 3 xdotool key Escape gesture swipe right 3 _internal ws_down gesture swipe left 3 _internal ws_up device all Anyway, I don't think that's libinput gesture because I stopped it and my 3 fingers gesture was not working as expected but the 2 fingers gesture was still there....
    – damkenso
    Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 7:25
  • I wonder if it's something else, not libinput-gestures, which is managing 2-finger gestures? For me, I can't even select 2-fingers in the Gestures gui (for swiping).
    – Tomo Huynh
    Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 9:13
  • My guess is that it's the OS because if f I disable in Settings > Mouse & Touchpad > Scrolling > 2 fingers, this gesture is disabled...
    – damkenso
    Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 12:26
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    I am using this on Loki, Juno and now Hera with no any problems. Can you share the guide you followed in order to activate the libinput gestures?
    – Bo rislav
    Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 17:41

2 Answers 2


You need to change the physical clicking from multitouch to hardware default and you will have right click with options inside mouse and touchpad options



libinput conf

Please see my screenshot: That's how I have my gestures configured in order to swipe workspaces with 4 fingers and do some minimize with three. Also three finger Back/Fwd for the browser navigation :)

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