In other distros like Ubuntu Gnome, when I tap with 3 fingers in my notebook's touchpad, it pastes the clipboard content (same behaviour as middle button in a mause), with elementary I've found that this doesn't happen, and I've looked in the configuration and there's nowhere to enable it...

Anybody knows how to do it?

Thanks in advance!

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If you use synaptics driver you will probably have the synclient program installed. In terminal have a look at you current touchpad settings:

$ synclient -l

You will get a list with many settings. We are interested in the "TapButtonX options". The X is for the number of fingers, so in your case "Tapbutton3". I guess it will be disabled: TapButton3 = 0

Now type in terminal

$ synclient TapButton3=2

If your touchpad supports 3-finger-tap this should work. I cannot test it because my touchpad only supports 2-finger-tap.

Possible values:

  • TapbuttonX=0: X-finger-tap disabled (can be usefull, if you often touch the pad accidently while typing on keyboard)
  • TapbuttonX=1: X-finger-tap = Left mouse key
  • TapbuttonX=2: X-finger-tap = Middle mouse key
  • TapbuttonX=3: X-finger-tap = Right mouse key
  • Thank you, this worked for me. Any idea why it disabled suddenly? I mean, it worked all the time, but, suddenly stopped to work.
    – Kostanos
    Jul 28, 2018 at 16:49

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