This works for me in Ubuntu 10.10
To see what trackpad you’ve got and what it’s called, try:
My device is called “SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad”
There are 3 finger pressure settings: low, high & press. See what their current values are with something like:
xinput list-props "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" |grep -i finger
Change the values with something like:
xinput set-prop "SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad" "Synaptics Finger" 50 90 255
By increasing the second parameter, you require more finger pressure for the trackpad to respond. The first parameter controls release pressure, the third is to detect a button press (I think).
This may be silly but do you have
dpkg --get-selections | grep gpointing
Should show it if you do have it installed. If not try installing it with
For Ubuntu 20, use these instructions based on the Adjust Touchpad Sensitivity section of the SynapticsTouchpad help page.
First, determine the device number,
id, of your touchpad device.
(Optional but helpful) In a terminal, you can monitor events emitted by that device:
xinput --test <id>
NOTE: While the test is running, you may be unable to select ranges of text in your terminal.
(Optional but helpful) In another terminal, you can monitor for changes in the device properties:
xinput --watch-props <id>
The sensitivity of the touchpad is controlled by the
Synaptics Finger properties, three numbers described in the synaptics manpage:
Option "FingerLow" "integer" When finger pressure drops below this value, the driver counts it as a release. Property: "Synaptics Finger" Option "FingerHigh" "integer" When finger pressure goes above this value, the driver counts it as a touch. Property: "Synaptics Finger" Option "FingerPress" "integer" When finger pressure goes above this value, the driver counts it as a press. Currently a press is equivalent to putting the touchpad in trackstick emulation mode. Property: "Synaptics Finger"
xinput --set-prop to set these values:
xinput --set-prop <id> "Synaptics Finger" 50, 80, 255
You may have to play with the values to find your preferred thresholds. When you change them, you should see the change reflected in the