Changing synaptics touchpad to left handed makes tapping right-click

Bug #824436 reported by abc on 2011-08-11
This bug affects 8 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Xfce4 Settings
xfce4-settings (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Xubuntu 11.04 x64

What I expected to happen:
    - The touchpad buttons swapped round, tapping stays as left-click.

What actually happened:
    - The touchpad buttons are swapped and tapping is changed to right-click.

Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca) wrote :

Please explain in a little more detail. You expected the buttons to swap, but not be changed? Can the touchpad buttons really swap without changing their function?

Since the index finger is normally used to left-click, if the touchpad is changed to left-hand, I would expect the index finger of the left-hand to be used to left-click. By not swapping the function of the buttons, this would not happen.

Changed in xfce4-settings (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete

There are two physical buttons on the touchpad - when the mouse settings is changed to left handed those two buttons are expected to swap functionality, the button that left-clicked should right-click and the button that right-clicked should left click.

There's also a third "button" - the surface of the trackpad. In addition to being able to move your finger along the trackpad to move the mouse you can also "tap" your finger (place your finger down and remove it quickly) on the trackpad to initiate a left-click. Changing the mouse settings to left handed makes tapping right-click.

Tapping is pretty useless if it activates a right-click instead of a left-click, I'll hazard a guess and say that 80% of the time you want to left-click instead of right click, so 80% of the time tapping can't be used.

Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca) wrote :

Thanks for reporting this bug and any supporting documentation. Since this bug has enough information provided for a developer to begin work, I'm going to mark it as confirmed and let them handle it from here.

Thank you for that great explanation. I agree completely, tapping the touchpad should not be a right-click. It seems that would be very confusing, since the touchpad is an integral part of laptop use.

Thanks for taking the time to make Ubuntu better!

Changed in xfce4-settings (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
status: Incomplete → Triaged

Thanks. I apologise for not making it clearer in my initial explanation.

Changed in xfce4-settings (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Confirmed
importance: High → Low
papukaija (papukaija) on 2012-04-11
tags: added: xubuntu
summary: - [Xubuntu] Changing synaptics touchpad to left handed makes tapping
- right-click
+ Changing synaptics touchpad to left handed makes tapping right-click
tags: added: natty
tags: added: amd64
description: updated

Mouse and Touchpad > Device (SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad) > Buttons and Feedback > Buttons: "Left-handed"

and when I TAP on the touchpad, the touchpad would translate the "original left click" to "right click" and uhhhhh I don't think it's an intended behavior.

Tapping on the Touchpad would introduce the second button click to the system.

Changed in xfce4-settings:
importance: Unknown → High
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Stephen M. Webb (bregma) on 2015-02-01
affects: unity → xorg-driver-synaptics
arty (me-arty) wrote :

I think that I gave a thorough description of this bug here

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