Configuring Thinkpad W540 Touchpad (Clickpad) – Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic)

The default settings on Ubuntu did not work well with me. Here’s what I’ve did to configure according to my taste.

Create a file 52-synaptics.conf  in /usr/share/X11/xorg.d directory . The configuration files in this directory are processed in alphabetical order. Therefore, prefixing the file with 52 ensures that the default settings in 50-synaptics.conf file are overruled.

Section "InputClass"
    Identifier "touchpad"
    Driver "synaptics"
    MatchIsTouchpad "on"
      # Tap is left click only, 2 finger click -> right button, 3 finger click -> middle button 
      Option "TapButton2"   "0"
      Option "ClickFinger2" "3"
      Option "ClickFinger3" "2"

      # enable horizontal two-finger scrolling (vertical is enabled by default)
      Option "HorizTwoFingerScroll" "1"

      # configure softbutton areas
      # only enable the bottom right corner as right click. Disable middle click completely. Disable trackpoint right click on the top section.
      Option "SoftButtonAreas" "80% 0 82% 0 0 0 0 0"
      Option "SecondarySoftButtonAreas" "0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0"


You need to restart the display manager with the following command sudo lightdm restart .

Additionally, the “disable touchpad while typing” option in the mouse settings didn’t work. To fix,

  1. Make sure the option “disable touchpad while typing” is unchecked. Otherwise touchpad might not work correctly.
  2. Add the following command to the startup applications. syndaemon -i 1 -R -d -K

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One thought on “Configuring Thinkpad W540 Touchpad (Clickpad) – Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic)

  1. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a coworker who has been doing a little research on this.
    And he actually ordered me dinner simply because I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this issue here on your website.

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