Saturday, September 24, 2011

XFCE Touchpad Edge Scroll

I installed Fedora 15 with XFCE on my Dell Inspiron 1521. One of the little quirks was having to enable edge scrolling on the touchpad. I have vertical as well as horizontal scrolling on this touchpad, and it wasn't working by default. A few Google searches later, I found what I needed to do.

Open up /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf as root in a text editor (vi, nano, whatever).

Find the section that looks like this:
Section "InputClass"
             Identifier "touchpad catchall"
             Driver "synaptics"
             MatchIsTouchpad "on"
             MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
Add the following lines before the EndSection:
             Option "VertEdgeScroll" "1"
             Option "HorizEdgeScroll" "1" 
Save your file, and either reboot or hit CTL-ALT-BACKSPACE to restart Xserver. You can check out the man page for synclient, and see what other options you can enable, and even test them manually before editing any config file.


Jeremiah Bess said...

Since switching to Fedora 15 with KDE, this tip works here as well. Since you are editing an X11 config, I suspect it should work with any window manager.

Anonymous said...

It worked! Thanks!