How to Enable or Disable Tap to Click on Ubuntu Linux

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This post describes steps one can take to enable or disable Tap to Click in Ubuntu Linux.

In Ubuntu Linux, if your device has a touchpad, you can click, double-click, drag, and scroll using only your touchpad, without separate hardware buttons.

Your device’s touchpad can perform similar actions as a mouse or other pointing devices easily without the need to have a separate mouse or additional device to point and click.

With the touchpad enabled in Ubuntu Linux, you can tap to click, tap twice to double click, and double tap but don’t lift your finger after the second tap to drag an item.

Drag the item where you want it, then lift your finger to drop it.

Below is how to enable the touchpad and Tap to Click in Ubuntu Linux.

How to turn it on or off tap click on Ubuntu Linux

As described above, if your device has a touchpad, you can click, double-click, drag, and scroll using only your touchpad, without separate hardware buttons.

Below is how to do that.

Ubuntu Linux has a centralized location for the majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating, all can be done from the System Settings panel.

Alternatively, click on the System menu at the top-right corner of the top bar on your desktop.

On the System menu, select Settings as highlighted below.

In the Settings app, click on Mouse & Touchpad tile to open the panel.

In the System Settings -> Mouse & Touchpad panel, under Touchpad, toggle the Touchpad button to the On position to enable.

The Touchpad section only appears if your system has a touchpad. Also, Touchpad needs to be enabled before you can configure additional settings under Touchpad.

Once Touchpad is enabled, toggle the Tap to Click button to the On position to enable.

To disable it, simply toggle the button to the Off position.

That should do it! You can now close the Settings app.

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable Tap to Click in Ubuntu Linux. If you find any error above or have something to add, please use the comment form below to report.