After upgrading to Ubuntu 13.10 from Ubuntu 13.04, I found a few changes in it which I don’t like (or I am not used to it). For example, I am pretty used to of edge scrolling with my touchpad in my 3.5 years old Dell Inspiron N4010. To my surprise, I found that edge scrolling is not working in Ubuntu 13.10.
If you are confused by the term “edge scrolling”, it is the vertical scrolling to go up and down to a long webpage or anywhere in your computer where you need to scroll. In mouse usually you have the middle wheel for this purpose and in laptop touchpad, its (mostly) the extreme right edge of your touchpad.
So when I did not find the edge scrolling not working in Ubuntu 13.10, I immediately checked the Mouse $ Touchpad settings to find the reason. And I did found the reason there itself. You see, Ubuntu 13.10 has enabled Two finger scroll by default. And for this reason edge scrolling has been disabled.
Two finger scrolling enables you to scroll from anywhere in your touchpad (and not just the right edge of it). You hold one finger and move the other finger to scroll. But honestly I don’t like it as its not smooth and inconvenient (for me). If you are like me, then you might also want to get edge scrolling in Ubuntu 13.10. And here is how to do it.
How to enable edge scrolling in Ubuntu 13.10:
Follow the steps below to enable edge scrolling in Ubuntu:
Go to Unity Dash (press Super/Windows key) and search for Mouse & Touchpad:
In the Mouse & Touchpad settings, you will see option of Two finger scroll checked. All you have to do is to uncheck this option.
You don’t even need to restart or anything. It will start working by default. I hope you got edge scrolling back in Ubuntu using this simple procedure. While this is not one of the must to do things after installing Ubuntu 13.10, it is still one of first few things to do for edge scroll lovers
Ever tried natural scrolling?
Did you see the option of natural scrolling in the settings? Natural scrolling is the term first introduced by Apple. If you use any smartphone, you might have noticed that when you have to go down on a webpage (such as Facebook feeds), you have to scroll up. This is termed as natural scrolling as this is how you will be scrolling in real life when you have a long page. Apple introduced it first to have the same behaviour on mobile devices and desktops/laptops.
What are your view on natural scrolling?