I like vertical two-finger scrolling and enabled it. However, I keep accidentally swiping left and right with two fingers and going back and forward in Chrome, as well as doing weird stuff in other apps. Is there a way to keep vertical two-finger scrolling, but disable to horizontal scrolling?

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Okay, so I might have just proven myself wrong. I did:

sudo apt-get remove xserver-xorg-input-libinput libinput-tools

This removes libinput touchpad driver. Then install synaptics:

sudo apt-get install xserver-xorg-input-all xserver-xorg-input-evdev xserver-xorg-input-synaptics

Then restart. In terminal type:

synclient HorizTwoFingerScroll=0

This disables two finger horizontal scroll. Can also add:

synclient PalmDetect=1

for palm detection. Changes do not seem to persist across reboots so you might have to create a custom command on startup for each of these.

I have not tested this extensively, but seems to work so far, use at your own risk. You could always remove the synaptics packages and reinstall the libinput ones if needed.


  • Thank you. I'd add that sudo apt-get install --reinstall might be a good idea. Commented Jun 28, 2017 at 12:58

This answer applies only to Loki

I don't think it is possible. It appears that the touchpad driver used is now libinput and according to this post: https://wayland.freedesktop.org/libinput/doc/latest/scrolling.html

It does not differentiate between horizontal and vertical scrolling. Someone can chime in and correct me if i'm wrong. I'd love to have a way to disable it too.

Also mentioned in this post regarding Ubuntu with Gnome: https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2321626


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