Configuring Touchpad on Lenovo Z480 for Linux

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Touchpad, one of primary input device integrated on laptop. In this article we will discuss about how to enabling touchpad and configuring the touchpad on linux especially Slackware64.

For this article, I use following:

  1. Slackware64 14.0

Yes. Only that!

A package responsible for touchpad is Synaptics. The Synaptics version included in Slackware64 is 1.6.2 (may be vary for your linux). A default setting gives us capability to move the cursor but we still can count on left-click and right-click.

Now create a file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf (do it with root privileges):

nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-synaptics.conf

And then write the file with the following text:

# Xathrya's z480 setting
# Use "synclient -l" to see all available options
# Use "man synaptics" for details about what the options do
Section "InputClass" Identifier "touchpad catchall"
	Driver "synaptics"
	MatchDevicePath "/dev/input/event*"
	MatchIsTouchpad "on"
	Option "SendCoreEvents
	Option "TapButton1" "1"
	Option "TapButton2" "2"
	Option "TapButton3" "3"
	Option "ClickPad" "true"
	Option "EmulateMidButtonTime" "0"
	Option "SoftButtonAreas" "50% 0 82% 0 0 0 0 0"


Save it, and restart the X session.

As the document suggest, you can also invoke:

synclient -l

to see available variables for settings.

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