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[Solved] Synaptics touchpad horizontal scrolling in Ubuntu

By: Deepak Mittal

My laptop has a synaptic touchpad and its horizontal scroll was not working ever since I moved to Ubuntu. I didn’t pay attention to it in the beginning as it was not much of a use. But later on it started bugging me so I finally decided to resolve this problem.

Well, installing gsynaptics and enabling the horizontal scroll didn’t work for me but that may work for you. So try this:
In terminal, type:

sudo apt-get install gsynaptics

Type in your password and let it install the package. After installation, go to System->Preferences->Touchpad.

Go to scrolling tab and enable Horizontal scrolling. This may work for you, but it didn’t work for me.

If this doesn’t work for you too, try this:
In terminal, type:

synclient HorizEdgeScroll=1

That should do the trick. I hope it helps. This worked for me.


Comments are more than welcome.

Category: Ubuntu (Linux)

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  • Anonymous

    its apt-get not get-apt

  • Anonymous

    Thanks! This really helped. It was the second bit that worked for me…

  • s3a

    Same here.

    synclient HorizEdgeScroll=1
    worked but, just to say, I didn’t try the former method.


  • Sam

    terminal script works perfectly