Fix Touchpad Click Not Working In Linux Mint 16 [Quick Tip]

I switched to Linux Mint 16 from Ubuntu 13.10 recently, just for experimenting. The first thing that irked me was that touchpad click was not working. You might have faced the same issue. Cursor moves with the touchpad, click works with the touchpad buttons but click does not work when you tap the touchpad.

The reason for touchpad click not working in Linux Mint is that it has been disabled by default. This is rather strange why it has not been enabled by default. It is similar to the problem with edge scrolling in Ubuntu 13.10, where edge scrolling is disabled by default. In this quick tip, I’ll show you how to enable touchpad click in Linux Mint 16.

Enable touchpad click in Linux Mint

If you are not new to Linux Mint, just follow this path: System Settings-> Hardware-> Mouse and Touchpad-> Toucpad tab-> Enable mouseclicks with touchpad.

If you are a complete beginner, here are the steps with screenshots to show you how to enable touchpad clicks in Linux Mint:

Go to System Settings:

Linux Mint System Settings

In System Settings, go on Hardware section and select Mouse and Touchpad:

System Settings Linux Mint 16

In here, go to Touchpad tab and there check the option of Enable mouseclicks with touchpad:

Enable touchpad clicks in Linux Mint

Voila! No need to even restart or anything. Touchpad click will start working straightforward. I hope that helps. Any questions or suggestions are welcomed. Stay tuned for more Linux Mint tutorial. Ciao :)

  • Guest

    I don’t even have a touchpad tab.. Weird

  • Chad

    Thank you very much! I was trying to create a startup script and edit config files and here is the answer, so simple!

  • ander

    Thanks a lot Abhishek!! Easy and smart. My problem is solved. After update and upgrade from LM 14 Nadia the scrooll doesn’t work. The “waiting for network configuration” problem persist after de upgrade. Now it looks solved after update and recovery options. Any way, I personally prefer the old desktop; in Nadia had many options and aplications short-cuts in de deskbar. The new desk is nice designed and cute, but no offers the same functions. Is there any solution about that.

    Thanks for comment. (sorry about my english; is not my language)



    Oh i have the same problem but on my laptop left click button is damaged and not working and have to rely on tap for left click; so now I cant switch from version 14 to 16(without clicks) is there a way, I can enable them from terminal as i can access it by right clicking and then pressing enter if yes please let me know.

    Thanks in advance…:)

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  • Sean Detente

    Linux Mint sucks goat balls in general. Go to something real if you’re in to Linux. Oh wait, you don’t want to learn anything; then in go back to Windows, tards.

  • Touchpad

    Thank you so much! This solved my problem :)

    • Abhishek Prakash

      Welcome :)

  • Simon

    Thanks! Confusing is that recommends installing gpointing-device-settings, which works charmingly but for this one option. (It let’s you enable 2finger- and circular scrolling, change speed but enabling tapping will NOT work.)

  • Andrea

    fantastic! thanks

  • Kevin Costner

    OMG I’ve been looking for this answer for a year! I must be a tard. But you seriously helped me! I was considering ditching Mint all-together! Not anymore! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!